Two Carolinians -- a soldier from Rock Hill and a part-time model from Raleigh, N.C. -- will be among the competitors on the next "Survivor."
Jerry Sims, 49, a first sergeant in the Army National Guard for 20 years, and Sydney Wheeler, 24, who grew up in Wake County, N.C. and is a model and interior designer living in San Diego, will be among the 16 castaways on "Survivor: Tocantins -- The Brazilian Highlands" when it debuts Feb. 12, CBS says.
Sims, a specialist in nuclear operations, recently returned from Afghanistan where he was in charge of 100 soldiers. Raised on a South Carolina chicken farm with nine brothers and sisters, Sims admits being a prankster.
But he said he is serious about the "Survivor" game, which offers a $1 million prize to the winner. "I am physically fit, I am mentally strong and I'm ready for the million," he said in a statement released by CBS.
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Sims is a member of the S.C. National Guard, Bravo Company, 122nd Engineer Battalion.