JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman raised in Juneau is one of 16 contestants competing for $1 million on the television show, ''Survivor: Marquesas.''
The reality series pits 16 contestants against each other in a series of grueling competitions on a deserted French Polynesian island.
Each week one contestant gets voted off the island until there is one person left to win cash and bragging rights of being the last survivor.
Sarah Jones, who now lives in Newport Beach, Calif. and is a free-lance photographer, wasn't frightened away.
Due to a confidentiality agreement with CBS, Jones can't comment on her experience until the episode airs where she is either voted off the island or wins. The show was filmed last fall and starts airing Feb. 28, on Thursdays through May.
Jones' mother said her daughter's upbringing in Juneau has held her in good stead in whatever she has attempted.
''Sarah's always been so independent and strong and does lots of interesting things,'' said Jane Walters, Jones' mother and owner of Juneau's Mail Boxes Etc. ''But I think that's typical of kids from Juneau. They are raised to be independent.''
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