(SHELBYVILLE, Ky., October 20th, 2004, 6 p.m.) -- Imagine enduring torrential rain storms, intense heat, and sleeping on wooden slabs. That's exactly what one Shelbyville teen did for a month in Hawaii. But as WAVE 3's Justin Wilfon reports, it made him a TV star.
It's "Survivor" for kids. And, Reece Bors from Shelbyville is one of the stars.
But when he's not on TV, he's just a student -- a freshman at Shelby County High School.
"Being on TV and everything it was kind of new to me," Reece said.
He was one of 20 people selected out of 40,000 applicants for "Endurance: Hawaii."
"In my audition tape, I kind of had me doing some of the things I do around here for fun," Reece said. "I played my bass a little bit, rode a motorcycle, showed me doing some skin boarding."
The NBC reality show is produced by the Discovery Channel. Reece spent a month in Hawaii for filming.
"I had never been in that environment before," Reece said. "There were a lot of things going on that I didn't know."
And a lot of tough challenges, including the weather.
"It rained almost everyday," recalled Reece. "Every couple of minutes it would rain. People started getting kind of wierd sicknesses and stuff."
And Reece was one of them. "I got some real bad jungle rot on my feet. A lot of people got it but I got it really bad," Reece said.
It was a battle with Mother Nature and the show's producers, who challenged the kids with tough games for every episode.
"The challenges on the show were pretty tough," Reece said. "A lot of them were more mental than physical stuff."
But in the episodes that have aired so far, Reece has survived.
"He's a totally different person on TV," said Reece's sister, Grace. "They make him look like the dark, mysterious guy on the show because he doesn't talk much, and that's not how he usually is."
Now Reece will always be a reality star, but with small-town roots. "It was a really wierd experience I guess, but it was memorable."
The show finished taping in June, but Reece can't reveal the outcome until the last episode has aired.
You can see "Endurance: Hawaii" every Saturday morning at 11:30 on WAVE 3.
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