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  • #16


    Biography

    Age: 19
    Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
    Current residence: Lakeland, Florida
    Occupation: Waitress

    Hobbies: Going to the beach, traveling, photography, shopping, and working out.

    Pet peeves: Not saying "bless you" when someone sneezes, people who chew with their mouth open, and people who interrupt while others are talking.

    Three words to describe you: Outgoing, positive, and motivated.

    What's your personal claim to fame?
    When I was selected to be part of this game at such a young age. Some people have waited years to have this opportunity and I'm blessed to be able to participate in something that is so meaningful to me, as well as millions of others around the country.

    Who or what is your inspiration in life?
    Stephenie LaGrossa. Growing up I always admired her for her performance in her season. During Guatemala, she showed such determination, drive, and positivity. My goal in life is to stay positive no matter the situation. I believe life is all about how we react to situations, not the situation itself. My goal is to always take a step back, and evaluate what should come next.

    If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
    My toothbrush because thinking about going 39 days without clean teeth makes me cringe. My pillow so I can have some sense of comfort. My Bible because my relationship with the Lord is extremely important to me, so having that there with me during this experience would mean a lot.

    Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
    My goal as I go in is to play most like Sarah did in Game Changers. She had a phenomenal social game and I feel as if I can do the same thing because of the relationships I normally build with people. While doing that I can still balance camp life, and hopefully make it as far as she did.

    What's your reason for being on Survivor?
    My reason for being on the show is mainly the experience itself. I've grown up watching and loving Survivor. Never in a million years would I think I'd be participating in such an amazing life experiment. I am determined to push myself and see how strong I can be. I'm also excited to win a million dollars, that would be so life changing for myself and my family.

    Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
    I'll survive because I feel I'm extremely adaptable. I'm able to think fast, and make decisions when needed. I also have a lot of knowledge about the game itself and I don't think people will expect that. I thrive when I'm being underestimated and I feel like in this game "the young blonde" is easily looked over.

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    • #17


      Biography

      Age: 28
      Hometown: Leawood, Kansas
      Current residence: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
      Occupation: Physician

      Hobbies: Getting to the bottom of bottomless breadsticks at Olive Garden. Working out in any capacity—typically swimming, circuit training, running or hiking. Playing medical "would you rather" with friends.

      Pet peeves: A sense of entitlement, when someone eats the last bite of a meal after I have been carefully constructing the perfect final bite, and slow drivers in the left hand lane.

      Three words to describe you: Hero, healer, and hustler.

      What's your personal claim to fame?
      Got fifth place in my grade school spelling bee.

      Who or what is your inspiration in life?
      My parents taught me about work ethic, industry, and perseverance. They made so many sacrifices so that my siblings and I would have every opportunity possible. They pushed me to be the best version of myself. They also demonstrated daily how to lead a purposeful life guided by integrity and morality.

      If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
      To quote Dwight K. Schrute, "Physician's desk reference. Hollowed out. Inside, waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars and a NASA blanket." The reason seems obvious here. Also, face wash. I appreciate a good skincare regimen. And a Costco pack of Orbitz bubblemint gum for that minty fresh taste.

      Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
      Andrea Boehlke, a fellow Midwesterner, who is tough in challenges, hardworking around camp, strategic, and a fierce competitor.

      What's your reason for being on Survivor?
      I want to win a million dollars so that I may thank my parents for the endless opportunities that they have given me through the years. I also feel like I have lived an extraordinary life, but I am looking for new, unparalleled adventure. I have been on this well-defined path for ten years, pursuing medicine, and now is the perfect opportunity for me to deviate from the expected and do something totally unpredictable.

      Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
      The stakes are higher for me than most as I am acutely aware of what I am giving up (in stepping away from my patients and my program for two months), so I will not be afraid to make big moves. I will fight until the very end, and then when sitting across from the jury at the final Tribal Council, they will all commend the brilliant, strategic game I played.

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      • #18



        Biography

        Age: 27
        Hometown: Lake Butler, Florida
        Current Residence: Gainesville, Florida
        Occupation: S.W.A.T. Officer

        Hobbies: Working out in the gym, running at the stadium, or running the S.W.A.T. obstacle course, playing video games, and having date nights with my daughters.

        Pet peeves: I can't stand people that are lazy. Go out and get what you want! Don't complain about it and do nothing and expect it to happen. I also hate when people cut me off while I'm talking. Please let me finish what I have to say, it may be important.

        Three words to describe you: Determined, athletic, and competitive.

        What's your personal claim to fame?
        I am extremely proud of making our S.W.A.T. team. I had to work extremely hard to lose a ton of weight to be physically able to even try out, much less do well enough to make the team. I was one of the youngest and least experienced people to ever make our S.W.A.T. team.

        Who or what is your inspiration in life?
        My hero is my stepfather, Tim. Tim met my mother shortly after my parents separated. My whole life he has always been a steady father figure and an amazing role model. He taught me the value of hard work and how to be a humble man. When I met Tim at seven years old, he had nothing. My mother and him worked diligently and started a company from nothing and now want for nothing.

        Don't get me wrong, they aren't billionaires, but they pretty much do what they want when they want. Tim works many long hours and long nights to provide an amazing life to our family. The best part about him is you will never hear him brag about it.
        There is a song written by Brad Paisley that makes me think of him and brings tears to my eyes when I hear it. It's called "He Didn't Have to Be." It talks about how his stepfather was a great father to him and he hoped that he can be half the dad that he didn't have to be. That describes how I feel about Tim.

        If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
        A picture of my kids because I will miss them terribly. A Kindle with lots of books for entertainment. A hammock so I can have somewhere comfortable to sleep.

        Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
        I feel like I can relate to Malcolm from Season 25 the most. I feel like I'm young and athletic like he is and that I could do well in the challenges, making me an asset to my team in the beginning. I also feel like I can play the game strategically like he did, helping me run deep in the game.

        I work in a profession that requires me to be able to talk to any type of person through all walks of life and be able to relate and convince them to do things that I may need them to do. Malcolm was such a likeable person that he was voted off because three other contestants knew they wouldn't beat him in the final vote. I feel like I'm a very likeable person. I am able to make friends and relate to people anywhere I go.

        What's your reason for being on Survivor?
        My primary motivation for being on the show is to win. A million dollars would be a great way for me to provide a great life for my children that I wouldn't be able to do otherwise. My secondary motivation is my desire to compete. I love competing and I love winning. I haven't been able to compete at a high level since I played college football and I would love to be able to compete against other gifted men and women.

        Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
        I believe that I could be the winner for multiple reasons. I have a strong desire to win. I always want to win at absolutely everything I do. Whether it be checkers with my girls or just trying to be the first one to a call for service at work. I always want to be first.

        I have a strong work ethic. When I put my mind on something and decide that's what I want, I go and get it. Prime examples would be making our S.W.A.T. team. Prior to trying out, I was a very overweight guy. I decided that I wanted to be more than just a regularly everyday beat cop and I did whatever it took to do it. I changed my diet drastically, I worked out every single day, and I went to the track and ran sprints 2-3 times a week.
        Lastly, I'm very good with people. My career requires me to be able to talk to people all day. Everything I do at work requires interaction with people, and more importantly people who are typically either angry or distressed. I am very good at talking to people and convincing them to do things that they typically wouldn't want to do. I am quite skilled at calming people down when they are upset or angry.

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        • #19


          Biography

          Age: 30
          Hometown: Orangeburg, South Carolina
          Current residence: Atlanta
          Occupation: Social Media Manager

          Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, biking, fishing—basically any outdoor activity that involves my huskies. Playing Scrabble, cosplaying, and memes!

          Pet peeves: I don't like people making decisions for me, especially without asking my opinion. Never expect a free ride with me if I see you being complacent. I will push you to get up and show initiative. There's nothing that bothers me more than a lazy person who acts privileged around those who've had to work for things their entire life. Oh, and calling me Dave or David instead of Davie, my momma named me that!

          Three words to describe you: Uncommon, adventurous, and calculating.

          What's your personal claim to fame?
          My online presence. I've always prided myself on my social media presence via various platforms. I wear my pages on my sleeve so to say that anything a person wants to know about me they can find on my multiple accounts. I've been proclaimed "the social media guru" among my closest friends because I know every trick and trinket to the game.

          Examples: Posting at peak hours to maximize the amount of "likes" you receive, guaranteed responses from females via Direct Messages (how to slide into them DMs), not to mention providing Grade A entertainment via video stories regularly.
          I've often also been told that my Instagram/Twitter/Facebook is "my favorite" from friends and even been called by my Instagram handle in public quite frequently (@iHateDavie) by strangers. Social media is also the reason I became employed with the top agency in the world for Public Health. I can say with confidence that it is my expertise and claim to fame undeniably.

          Who or what is your inspiration in life?
          Rick Grimes is my hero, though he is a fictional character. I have learned so much from him, from leadership skills to dealing with new people and new surroundings. The lead character in The Walking Dead, Rick leads a group of average individuals who become stronger because of his teachings and experiences.

          He defeats all of his enemies in a strategic and calculating way. Rick is dedicated to the title that his group has given him and is a provider for his family and friends, like myself. He has good days and bad days but never gives up. I channel Rick in a crisis and it helps me stable my mind, while having a little fun in the process.

          If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
          My harmonica. I believe in therapy and relaxation and making my own music will do just that. When I am stressed in the game, I can create this escape mentally and physically and maybe even look for idols in the process or entertain a few people and make friends along the way.

          My Davy Crockett hat. It's my lucky hat. I have worn it to tests and passed and I have worn it on dates and gotten lucky. When I wear this hat, I channel my best self.

          My Bible. I believe that Christ strengthens my being and it's important that I review his teachings, especially in times of chaos and struggle.

          Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
          Jeremy Collins. He was genuinely a good guy that knew when to speak and knew when to observe, that's my Obama! Also, Tony Vlachos, in that he was an innovative thinker to the game. Finally, Adam Klein in that he's a family man with a giddy sense of humor. They are all winners and so am I!

          What's your reason for being on Survivor?
          I want to prove to myself that I can do this. I was always teased for not playing popular sports like my friends so this would be my ultimate competition. I'm the middle child so almost the black sheep of the family. Both of my brothers are so accomplished so I want to have my own unique medal of self-accomplishment. My secondary motivation is my pack, my huskies. Recently, my beta wolf Luna Moon was hit by a car. I thought she was dead but we were able to save her. However, not without me being in debt. With my winnings, I want to create an insurance company for pet owners so that when things like this happen to us, we won't be faced with the hardest decision of our lives (putting a pet down).

          Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
          I understand how packs work. As a Siberian husky breeder, I know that in order to gain the trust of my pups, I have to feed them. I'm a skilled fisherman so as soon as I can get in the water to catch fish for my tribe, I will earn their trust. I also build doghouses and construct kennels for my pups and with my tribe, this would be no different. Creating new innovative, comforting types of shelter will show me as an asset. Lastly, with my pack, I have to be stern with them. I will mingle with the entire tribe, not just a few to show my sociability while also being assertive with them when it's time to put my foot down.

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          • #20


            Biography

            Age: 36
            Hometown: Puerto Rico
            Current residence: Boston
            Occupation: Airline Agent

            Hobbies: Kickboxing, writing, and drawing.

            Pet peeves: I can't stand a dirty kitchen, people that won't stop talking about themselves, and unnecessary continuous noises.

            Three words to describe you: Overachiever, funny, and resourceful.

            What's your personal claim to fame?
            Going back to school and making it to grad school.

            Who or what is your inspiration in life?
            My hero is my mom, but please don't tell her! She went back to college after 40 years, completed her undergrad with a dual concentration and graduated Cum Laude way before I did. I saw her overcoming her fears and school struggles. She never gave up and we even took classes together!

            If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
            My sketch book with a pencil for drawing and writing. The book 100 Years of Solitude because it's one of my favorites. My kickboxing gloves to practice.

            Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
            Probably Sandra. Her first two seasons with the "as long as it's not me' and playing low key until the end was good. I would also have eaten that goat if possible on Game Changers. It's food!

            What's your reason for being on Survivor?
            I want to prove to myself and my friends that I can do this. I've been a fan of the show since the first season, although sometimes I forget some details. My friends think that just because I don't go camping, I can't do it. This is also a social game, not just physical, and I think I can outwit and outlast just being me and using my brains. I also have student loans and a Ph.D to pay. I would also like to win the game for parents and friends. After Hurricane Maria, things got very hectic back home in Puerto Rico, and I would love to be able to help them.

            Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
            I might not be a physical threat, although I have been doing kickboxing for about four months, but I think studying other contestants, using their weaknesses to my advantage and keeping a good social game, I would win. I am mostly relying on my social game. I will vote off people but my relationships with them would be real. I am a very loyal, honest person, so I would try not to backstab people, but it's a game and I want to win.

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            • #21


              Biography

              Age: 27
              Hometown: Williamsburg, Kentucky
              Current residence: Williamsburg, Kentucky
              Occupation: Public Defender

              Hobbies: Boating on the lake, four-wheeler riding, and tailgating football games and Keeneland horse races.

              Pet peeves: People getting offended over every little thing and know-it-alls.

              Three words to describe you: Charming, outgoing, and intelligent.

              What's your personal claim to fame?
              Becoming a Redneck Lawyer! I am a first generation college student and the first in my family to get a bachelor degree. I am also proud of myself for being a public defender to help people instead of chasing money—especially because money and the thought of being rich motivated me in school.

              Who or what is your inspiration in life?
              Mamaw Joan—my grandma. She is the most selfless person I've ever met. When my mom and dad got divorced she raised me and my four siblings while we stayed with my dad. She taught me life-changing lessons like the value of hard work and the importance of helping others. She also taught me how to enjoy a beer and some bluegrass music. Work hard, play hard, love hard. Her favorite quote was, "If you don't use it, you lose it!"

              If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
              A cooler, beer, and a radio. Nothing beats being outdoors and putting a few back. As great as it is at a tailgate, on the lake, or at a bonfire, I bet it would be even more enjoyable on the beaches of Fiji.

              Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
              J.T. from Tocantins, Heroes vs. Villains, and Game Changers. I've got that Southern charm. I can be hard headed when in the heat of a competition. I'll either win or get myself sent home with a massive swing for the fences. No regrets!

              What's your reason for being on Survivor?
              I think there are three reasons people play Survivor: adventure, money, and fame. My primary motivation is the experience and adventure! It has been my dream to play this game since I was a little kid. I want to push myself even further in life then I already have and test myself.

              My secondary motivation is the money. If I had a million dollars, I could pay off my student loans, which would open up my career options a little more. Money is not my primary motivation, because I anticipate I will make a million dollars in my career at some point.
              I do not care about fame. These days, Survivor contestants are only famous for about six months, anyways.

              Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
              I know I could be the final Survivor because I am the total package for this game, First, I am an adamant, hard-working son of a gun. I have chased my dreams my whole life and achieved those, despite humble beginnings.

              Second, I am a likeable, social guy. Third, I am physically fit and stronger than I look. I will do great in the challenges—tribal and individual, physical and puzzle. Fourth, I am very smart and it is hidden well behind my accent and appreciation for small town life. I will definitely be underestimated.
              Finally, I am a Survivor strategy expert. I am a super fan who has analyzed every season and every move. As I said, I am the Survivor total package.

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              • #22


                Biography

                Age: 47
                Hometown: San Diego
                Current residence: Los Angeles
                Occupation: Filmmaker

                Hobbies: Travel, wine enthusiast, and water sports.

                Pet peeves: I'm impatient with bigots.

                Three words to describe you: Curious/ funny, dynamic, and imaginative.

                What's your personal claim to fame?
                I've accomplished a lot in my career and was able to make a lot of movies.

                Who or what is your inspiration in life?
                I think of George Plimpton, a great writer who also wanted to experience the things he was writing about. He was fearless, inquisitive and enlightened.

                If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
                An eye mask to sleep. A good book; something fat. A SeaBob for the ocean!

                Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
                Johnathan Penner was a good storyteller and Rob from Amazon had a good read on people.

                What's your reason for being on Survivor?
                My primary motivation is playing the game. I've always, always wanted to play and see how I would do. Secondary is the absurd challenge of it all.

                Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
                I have the desire. I know the game. I am a student of human psychology, like what people say and how they behave.

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                  White was a writer and producer on "Dawson's Creek" and "Freaks and Geeks" and wrote and acted in the films "Chuck & Buck", "The Good Girl", "Orange County", "School of Rock" and "Nacho Libre". He also had a role in the 2004 remake of "The Stepford Wives", and the 2008 film "Smother". "Chuck & Buck" was named the best film of 2000 by Entertainment Weekly. In an interview with The New York Times, Jeff Bridges called White's performance in Chuck and Buck "the performance of the decade".
                  He frequently collaborates with actor–writer Jack Black on films. Together they formed the production company Black and White, which closed in 2006. White is not a fan of classic rock, but he wrote "School of Rock" specifically so Black could perform his own favorite rock music.
                  White made his directorial debut with the self-penned Year of the Dog at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. White is a vegan animal rights supporter and received an award from animal rights group PETA for Year of the Dog, which was also the third screenplay of White's to be nominated for Best Screenplay at the Independent Film Awards. (He won for The Good Girl.)

                  He was a member of the US Dramatic Jury at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

                  Laura Dern brought White into a project with HBO which became the series "Enlightened" that premiered on October 10, 2011. White himself had suffered an on-the-job meltdown while running an earlier television series and incorporated elements of that experience into the new series' plot. Dern's character Amy Jellicoe goes to a Hawaiian retreat after her meltdown and is introduced to meditation, echoing to a degree White's own exploration of Buddhist meditation, and the character Jellicoe tries to continue the discipline as she resumes her working life. White wrote the pilot and all the episodes in the first and second seasons.

                  "The Amazing Race"
                  Mike White appeared on the fourteenth season of "The Amazing Race" along with his father Mel. They lasted for seven legs before being eliminated in sixth place in Phuket, Thailand. Mel and Mike returned to compete in "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business", where they were the second team eliminated in Tokyo, Japan.

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