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October 2, 2018

Kelby Hermstad

Age: 21

Born in: Bellingham

Lives in: Mount Vernon

Occupation: “I work at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op and own my own lapidary jewelry business — Shaping the Earth.”

Something I got away with as a kid that I probably shouldn’t have: Sneaking out.

A book I think everyone should read: ’“The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer and “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls. I liked the way the first one was told, and the second one was really sad.”

Greatest adventure I’ve ever been on: Traveling the trails by Mount Baker.

Is there one thing in your life that you’re the most proud of? “My cat. She’s the best. She’s like a little human the way she talks to you. I probably sound like such a crazy cat lady.”

If you could witness one thing in history, what would it be? Political justice.

If I could be any animal, I would be a: “A big blue whale. They’re so gracious, beautiful and peaceful.”

Something I’ve always wanted to do but have never done: “Leave the country. I’d like to go to Norway.”

Piece of advice would I would tell my 10-year-old self: “Focus on yourself and do what makes you happy.”

What would you do with $1 million? “I would save half of it — put it 10 feet under ground. With the rest, I’d be courteous, maybe travel around the world and find good organizations to donate to.”

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