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College Park teacher hopes to appear on NBC reality series

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A College Park Elementary teacher believes she's the perfect pick for NBC's popular reality series "The Biggest Loser."

Alyssa Murphy says she's struggled with her weight since she was 5-years-old, and she's finally had enough.

"You know, I went through school with the bullying and I kept it to myself," Murphy said, "and it took until I just turned 30 the beginning of April for me to have all those feelings start bubbling up and just go, 'It's time.'"

She plans to attend a casting call on Saturday in Charleston, just one stop on the show's 11-city, cross-country search.

The chorus and music teacher says like most of the kids that get bullied for their weight, she tried to ignore it.

"I tried to, you know, just kind of stay away from those people, but inside it really hurts," said Murphy. "It hurts down to your soul actually, to hear people saying things about you, something that you, yourself, are not controlling."

But Murphy decided to take control of her weight and her life. She says it's perfect timing that she'll be attending the casting call and she's at her highest weight.

"I'm at my highest weight at the moment, and on the show I'd definitely like to lose 200 pounds, maybe more," she explained.

She says her main focus is not only to become more healthy, but to be a role model for her students.

"They need to be able to see somebody that's been where they are now, and can go and change their life and put forth the effort to do it," Murphy added.

The casting call is Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Music Farm on Ann Street. 

Casting producers for "The Biggest Loser" are looking for people to compete for the grand prize of $250,000. 

If you have at least 80 pounds to lose, you're encouraged to apply. 

Candidates must be at least 18-years-old, be a legal resident of the United States and bring a non-returnable photo of yourself to the audition. 

You won't be able to line up prior to three hours before the start of the open call.    

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