Posts Tagged ‘Survivor’

Dreamz Herd// Survivor Fiji


Age: 30
Home: Wilmington, North Carolina
Occupation: Cheer Leader Coach
Growing up homeless in the projects of Wilmington, North Carolina, Andria “Dre” Herd spent most of his childhood trying to keep his family together and alive. He slept on the streets, ate at soup kitchens and was able to survive by becoming a street performer with his brothers. In high school, Herd began playing sports and quickly became an athletic superstar, excelling in cheerleading.

Ralph “Rooster” Kiser// Survivor Redemption Island

(Age): Ralph Kiser (44)
Tribe Designation: Zapatera
Current Residence: Lebanon, Va.
Occupation: Farmer
Personal Claim to Fame: Being completely debt-free at age 44. No vehicle payments, no mortgage payments, plus I own two homes on the same farm.
Inspiration in Life: I’m inspired by my farm; I’ve been at it all my life. I’m always amazed at my animals – how they grow and survive. Being able to watch the circle of life go ’round and be a part of it is a very satisfying adventure that I never get tired of.
Hobbies: Hunting, hiking and traveling.
Pet Peeves: People who are lazy and donÂ’t try to make anything of themselves.
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, strong-willed and stubborn
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I’m probably a combo of Big Tom and J.T.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: I’ve wanted to be on the show for years and knew one day I’d get my chance. I want to be a hometown hero for the folks back home!
Why you think you’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m an outdoors mountain man. I know plants, trees and what most of their uses are. I can also build anything; start a fire anywhere and make people believe anything I say!
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: I will be the king at camp because I can build shelter, cook, find food and be the leader.

Ryan “Ryno” Opray || Survivor Pearl Islands

Born in Redwood City, California, Ryan Opray is currently single and living in Los Gatos, Calif. He works as an apprentice electrician. He previously worked as a traffic signal technician, motorcycle suspension mechanic and warehouse stockperson. He attended West Valley Junior College in Saratoga, California, and then attended Local 332 Joint Apprenticeship Training School in San Jose, Calif. His favorite hobbies include motocross and weight lifting. He describes himself as funny, aggressive and clever. He’s most proud of having had many jobs and adapting to each one. He has a 20-year-old cat named Stanley. His hero is motocross icon David Bailey who suffered a career-ending injury but kept his spirits up and continued on with his life. He feels he’s up for the challenge of SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS because of his strength and ability to build things. His birth date is August 6, 1972.

Dolly Neely || Survivor Vanuatu

Dolly Neely was born in Clarion, Pennsylvania. She spent approximately four years living on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia, while attending classes and hanging out at the National Press Club (her mother works for the World Bank) where, along the way, she met former Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton, as well as President George W. Bush. Her overseas journeys have taken her to Germany, England, Uruguay and Argentina.

Daniel Lue || Survivor Amazon

Daniel Lue graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. He currently works as a tax accountant and last year started his own specialty coffee distribution company.

Lue’s favorite hobbies include surfing the web, martial arts, bodybuilding and pro-wrestling. He is a black belt in Wu Shu Kung Fu. He describes himself as energetic, vivacious and competitive. His favorite sport is basketball and his favorite team is the Houston Rockets (his new favorite player is Yao Ming).

Rita Verreos || Survivor Fiji


Rita acquired a wonderful job opportunity and regretfully will not be able to attend but wishes everyone to donate in her name for this great cause.

Born in Venezuela, Rita Verreos moved to San Francisco when she was eight years old. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Italian and French Literature.

Verreos has traveled extensively through Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. After college, she moved to Mexico City where she lived for 11 years with her then husband and two children. She was a contestant in the Miss Venezuela pageant and walked the fashion runways of Venezuela, Mexico and Los Angeles. In 1990, she appeared in the film “Marked for Death.”

Billy Garcia || Survivor Cook Islands

The meaning of life is to live. If you are not living your life then your life has no meaning. So dream big and live the life!

I was born in New York City and raised in Miami. I joined the Marines straight out of North Miami High School and studied guitar, music, and Entertainment Business at the FAME Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I also attended the University of Miami and BMCC in New York City as well as The Hollywood Film Institute! That was fun, I actually learned something for a change AND I’m a graduated/certified Movie Producer AND Cinema Director/Independent Filmmaker! That just sounds so sweet to my ears.

Maralyn Hershey || Survivor Australian Outback

Maralyn Hershey spent 26 years with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., having become one of the first women to be assigned to street patrol. Over the course of her tenure, she was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant to Captain and ultimately, Inspector. She is most proud of her promotion from Captain to Inspector, when she served as Commanding Officer of MPD Communications 911 for Washington, D.C. She retired in May of 1996.

Sandy K. Burgin || Survivor Tocantins

Sandy Burgin (53)
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Occupation: Bus Driver

A country girl through and through, Sandy Burgin grew up and still lives in Kentucky, where she takes pride in being the state champion of the School Bus Rodeo. A night owl by occupation, Sandy works the graveyard shift transporting construction workers to their work sites. As a professional driver for 30 years, she isn’t a stranger to cat calls, especially since she is the one doing it.

John G Raymond || Survivor Thailand

Born and raised in New Orleans, John Raymond attended high school in Springfield, Louisiana. Moving to Illinois, he received a Bachelor of Theology from Oregon Bible College (majoring in Counseling and Pastoral Ministry). He simultaneously received an Associate degree of Liberal Arts from Rock Valley Junior College, where he was on the college speech team.

John is currently the Executive Pastor at a church of 2,700 members. He leads the pastoral counseling department, runs the adult education program and has developed a network of 50 small relationship groups.

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