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Chicagoan AliciRosduring first episode “Survivor: One World.”

Chicagoan Alicia Rosa during the first episode of “Survivor: One World.”

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Updated: March 16, 2012 8:17AM

Chicago teacher Alicia Rosa will duke it out with 17 other castaways on “Survivor: One World,” which kicks off season 24 at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WBBM-Channel 2.

“This was definitely outside of my comfort zone,” said Rosa, 25. “I’ve never camped a day in my life. I’m a city girl all the way.”

The North Side resident, who’s proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and her copious curves, said she’s a diva who likes Louboutins and Gucci bags. She also likes to think of herself “as a bada--.” She was the only girl on the wrestling team at Lane Tech High School.

The oldest of three daughters, Rosa graduated from Loyola University before getting a master’s at National-Louis in Chicago. She works as a special education teacher at Dodge Renaissance Academy, an elementary school on the West Side.

Rosa said she wanted to go on “Survivor” to teach her students “not to accept the labels people put on them.”

“That’s kind of what I was out there for,” she said, “saying you can do something if you put your mind to it.”

Lori Rackl

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