Super Kid: Conner Rounds, Darrington High School senior

Keeps moving: Competes in powerlifting, football, wrestling and enjoys paintball, biking, hiking, fishing and hunting.

World record: During first powerlifting meet, lifted 523 pounds and broke the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters record for deadlifts in his age and weight class. Later lifted 578.5 pounds, but his record was broken by someone else.

Football: Plays middle linebacker and offensive guard.

Hitting the books: Takes AP calculus and chemistry

College: Wants to go to Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University or Western Washington University and play football and study to be a fire department medic.

On being a medic: “I’m really fascinated with how the human body works. It’s just amazing how it can repair itself and do everything it does. It’s just a good creation.”

Family: Has two older sisters. Lives with mom. They cheer him on at powerlifting meets and football games.

Favorite author: Gary Paulsen, author of “Hatchet.” “He talks about the same stuff I like to do.”

Making money: He works in a video store and has developed a taste for dramas. Doesn’t have a favorite movie.

Pets: Ducks, chickens, a dog, three cats and a frog from the Amazon. He feeds the animals before going to school. Especially fond of his dog, Trooper, who jogs with him and chases him as he mountain bikes.

On Darrington: Lived there since fifth grade. “It’s nice. It’s definitely quiet. I can get away from everything. It’s just a good scenario to grow up in.”

Role model: Alan Dawson, a cement worker and Conner’s powerlifting trainer. “It’s not just because he’s really strong. He looks at things differently.”

Also admires: Movie star Jim Carrey. “He can make anybody laugh.”

Wheels: Drives a 1982 brown Ford Bronco.

Community support: Is appreciative of the support Darrington residents have given him. A chili feed is helping pay his way to a California powerlifting meet.

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