Shalon was born in Tacoma and spent nine years in Texas before returning to Washington with her mom and sisters.
She is one of six kids and has a twin sister, Akeia, who has a young daughter and a baby on the way.
School has always been important to Shalon; she most enjoys history, the study of the past and how life has changed.
She lives now in a Lake Fenwick home with her sister.
In high school, she worked binding books and stacking and grading wood.
"I just pushed through," she said.
Shalon graduated in January. She wants to pursue architecture in college. When she job-shadowed Wilson, who coincidentally has twin 19-year-old daughters, it was to see Wilson's side architectural business.
"I love looking at buildings -- and homes particularly."
"I always had this idea like, 'One day, I'm gonna build my mom a house,'" Shalon said.
When describing a dream home for herself, Shalon mused happily on the countryside. She'd want a "cabin-looking house" with "a big kitchen."
Shalon has advice to offer those in the middle of a hard time.
"I would say, 'Don't give up, no matter how hard it gets.'" Shalon said.
"It's going to be amazing in the end."