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Laney High grad competes in survival TV show

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Imagine being dropped off in a wilderness with several strangers and having to survive for 72 hours without food. That's exactly what Laney High School graduate and dance instructor Chris McCullen did in the new TNT show "72 hours."

McCullen is the son of Babs McCullen-Welker, owner of Babs McDance dance studio in Wilmington.

McCullen joined a team of strangers in Fiji to try and find a hidden briefcase full of cash. He says he would use the prize money to invest back into his family and their dance business.

"It's very important that I win this money and when I do, it’s important that I pay back my brother and my family for all the help they’ve established for me and also to invest back into the dance business," McCullen said.

The three teams are dropped off with only a single bottle of water and a GPS tracking device. “72 hours” premiered tonight at 9.

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