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CBS reveals the identities of 'Kid Nation's 40 young pioneers


By Christopher Rocchio, 08/15/2007 

CBS has announced the identities of the 40 young pioneers participating in Kid Nation, a new reality series that will chronicle their attempts to "establish a fully-functioning community" in an "uninhabited ghost town" over the course of 40 days.

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Kid Nation was filmed earlier this year in the remains of Bonanza City, NM.  After arriving in the town, the children -- who range in age from 8- to 15-years-old and didn't have the benefit of modern comforts or adult direction -- spent 40 days attempting to cook their own meals; clean their own outhouses; carry their own water; and even oversee their own businesses in an effort to establish their own "sustainable society." 

Each Kid Nation episode will conclude with the children gathering for a Town Hall-style meeting that provided them the opportunity to debate and discuss the community's issues in an adult-like manner.  In addition, the kids will also have the task of deciding which of their peers deserves the $20,000 Gold Star, which is awarded at each meeting.  Kid Nation won't feature any eliminations and the childen were free to leave whenever they wanted to.

Kid Nation is scheduled to premiere on September 19 in its regular Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT time period on CBS.  The show will be hosted by Jonathan Karsh.

The 40 young pioneers participating in Kid Nation -- as well as their CBS-supplied bios -- are:

- Alex, a 9-year-old from Reno, NV

- Anjay, a 12-year-old from Pearland, TX

- Blaine, a 14-year-old from North Palm Beach, FL

- Brett, an 11-year-old from Edina, MN

- Campbell, a 10-year-old from Thomasville, GA

- Cody, a 9-year-old from Newport, OH

- Colton, an 11-year-old from Reno, NV

- Divad, an 11-year-old from Fayetteville, GA

- DK, a 14-year-old from Chicago, IL

- Emilie, a 9-year-old from Sparks, NV

- Eric, a 14-year-old from Morristown, NJ

- Gianna, a 10-year-old from Chicago, IL

- Greg, a 15-year-old from Reno, NV

- Guylan, an 11-year-old from Upton, MA

- Hunter, a 12-year-old from Martinez, GA

- Jared, an 11-year-old from Dunwoody, GA

- Jasmine, an 11-year-old from Atlanta, GA

- Jimmy, an 8-year-old from Salem, NH

- Kelsey, an 11-year-old from Furlong, PA

- Kennedy, a 12-year-old from Ashland, KY

- Laurel, a 12-year-old from Medford, MA

- Leila, a 9-year-old from Charlotte, NC

- Madison, an 11-year-old from El Paso, TX

- Maggie, a 14-year-old from Evansville, MN

- Mallory, an 8-year-old from Indianapolis, IN (Mallory is Olivia's younger sister)

- Markelle, a 12-year-old from Marietta, GA

- Michael, a 14-year-old from Monroe, WA

- Migle, a 13-year-old from Downers Grove, IL

- Mike, an 11-year-old from Bellevue, WA

- Morgan, a 12-year-old from Indianapolis, IN

- Natasha, a 13-year-old from Miami, FL

- Nathan, an 11-year-old from Mount Prospect, IL

- Olivia, a 12-year-old from Indianapolis, IN (Olivia is Mallory's older sister)

- Pharoh, a 12-year-old from Philadelphia, PA

- Randi, an 11-year-old from Sparks, NV

- Savannah, a 10-year-old from Partridge, KY

- Sophia, a 14-year-old from Winter Park, FL

- Sophie, a 10-year-old from Issaquah, WA

- Taylor, a 10-year-old from Sylvester, GA

- Zach, a 10-year-old from Miami Beach, FL

(Photo credit Monty Brinton/CBS)

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