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22 June 2012 @ 02:52 pm
Kid Nation (2007) - Then & Now  

Remember Kid Nation? It was a reality show that aired on CBS in 2007, featuring 40 children aged 8 to 15 attempting to create a functioning society with minimal adult help and supervision. It was interesting, controversial, and ridiculous all in one, and the best/worst part was that the idea for a second season was nixed due to legal child labor problems (!).
Well, I always wondered what happened to those kids, so for my very first post ever, I tracked down pictures of almost all of them. Enjoy!!!


Alex - started college early in Nevada. (pictured above center, not left, and found thanks to imnotasquirrel)

Anjay - Currently studying Business and Computer Science at the University of Houston, Class of 2015. 

Blaine - Currently attending Greensboro College, Class of 2015.

Brett - Currently in high school.

Campbell - Currently in high school.

Cody - Currently attending Frontier High School, Class of 2015.

Colton - Rides motorbikes, gets injured, posts pictures. (sorry for the blood!)

Divad - Currently in high school.

DK - Stage Actor; currently studying Architecture, Arts, and Theatre at University of Illinois at Chicago, Class of 2014.

Eric - Musician and student at Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU.

Gianna - Lives in Chicago.

Greg - Works as a motor bike mechanic in Reno, Nevada (far right).

Guylan - Currently attending Classical High School, Class of 2014.

Hunter - Attended Lakeside High School.

Jared - Currently in high school (most recent image; from 2009).

Jasmine - Actress, singer, and radio host living in Atlanta.

Jimmy - Currently in high school.

Kelsey - Currently attending high school in New Jersey, Class of 2013.

Kennedy - Teen writer at Ashland Beacon; currently attending Rose Hill Christian School.

Laurel - Stage actress & singer, graduated from Arlington Catholic High School.

*Edit: I'm also pretty sure that's Laurel in the back seat of the car in a commercial for The Hopper, but I haven't confirmed anywhere*

Leila - Attends Independence High School.

Madison - Lives in El Paso, TX.

Maggie - Lives in Alexandria, MN.

Mallory - Olivia’s little sister; currently in middle school.

Markelle - Stage Actor; currently attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Class of 2014.

Michael - Currently attending American University.

Migle - Currently working as a model in Chicago.

Mike - Stage actor; currently attending Newport High School, Class of 2013.

Morgan - Graduated from University High School.

Natasha - Attended Palmetto High School.

Nathan - Stage actor; home-schooled.

Olivia - Mallory’s big sister; currently attending DePauw, Class of 2016. Above modeling for a local photographer.

Pharaoh - Went to Academy at Palumbo High School.

Randi - Lives in Sparks, NV; attends Nevada Virtual Academy.

Savannah - Attends Harlan County High School.

Sophia - Lives in San Francisco.

Sophie - Currently attending high school.

Taylor "Deal With It" - Pageant Queen in Georgia.

Zach - Currently attending college.

*Edit: added 4 of the 5 missing kids - found Alex, Colton, Eric & Michael*
Emile is the only kid I can't track down...mostly because her last name was never used in promotions for the show.

Happy reminiscing!!!

Alprimreceded on June 23rd, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
Psst, your cut isn't working so nothing is showing up :)

Oh, never mind. I figured it out. Derp.

And editing a 3rd time to say awesome post. Jared looks exactly the same only with more hair haha. I liked this show and was hoping for a second season, but oh well. Thanks for the post!

Edited at 2012-06-23 12:25 am (UTC)
imnotasquirrelimnotasquirrel on June 23rd, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Alex, he attended the Davidson Academy for the Gifted...apparently he graduated this year and plans to go to Phillips Exeter Academy, per this newsletter.

You'd think that graduation would mean going on to college, but I guess since he's so young - I think he's only 14 or so now - he's going on to a different rigorous high school instead?

ETA: This is him in 2011 (he's in the middle, I'm sure, since he looks exactly the same, although the pic identifies him as the guy on the left):

I got that picture from this article.

Edited at 2012-06-23 01:37 am (UTC)
Regina PhalangeRegina Phalange on June 23rd, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
thanks!! your post inspired me to search harder for the other 4....and i was successful with all but 1 (emile). updated above...not sure if that's the protocol here but it seemed appropriate :)
Reckless Kellyshiningstar55 on June 23rd, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
Damn I forgot about that show! I loved it. So weird. And I went to DePauw so I was excited to see that one girl goes there.
ninepointfivemm on June 23rd, 2012 08:14 am (UTC)
I have never heard of this show, ever, but apparently one of the kids is from my hometown and went to my high school (much later than me)? Actually, now that I think about it, he might have actually been the kid of my favorite 10th grade teacher.

Edited at 2012-06-23 08:16 am (UTC)
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on June 23rd, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
I've never heard of this show, but it's fun looking at the pics and seeing how the kids grew up nonetheless. Fantastic post!
Raindrops keep falling on my head...estrange on June 24th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
Cool, I remember that show!
pop_0ff: halloweentanishapop_0ff on December 30th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
I wish these were reuploaded to tinypic or something because almost all the links are broken :(
ext_1637831 on February 7th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
omg! Gianna goes to my school! I worked on a play with her in the fall, and then i see this and i was like :-0 That is soo cool, i loved this show when it was on! sShe is like this totally cool junior in high school now!