Thursday, February 13, 2003

Meet the contestants

Tambaqui tribe

Matthew Von Ertfelda, 33, a restaurant designer from Washington, D.C.

Rob Cesternino, 24, a computer projects coordinator from Wantagh, N.Y.

Ryan Aiken, of Ellicott City, Md., a model and actor who turns 24 today.

Alex Bell, 32, a triathlon trainer from San Francisco.

Dave Johnson, 24, a rocket scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif.

Butch Lockley, 50, of Olney, Ill., a middle school principal with a wife and three children.

Daniel Lue, 27, of Houston, a tax accountant.

Roger Sexton, 56, a Valencia, Calif., resident who is vice president of a construction firm. He's married and has had two daughters, one who died at 16.

Jaburu tribe

Christy Smith, 24, of Basalt, Colo., is deaf but hears minimal sounds with a hearing aid and can lip-read. She's a children's adventure guide at a school for the deaf. Like all contestants, she was asked if it was fair to put her on the show. "She thought about it," said Jeff Probst, the show's host. "She said, `No, but life's not fair.'"

Jenna Morasca, who turns 22 Saturday, a swimwear model from Bridgeville, Pa.

Heidi Strobel, 24, of Eldon, Mo., a gym teacher.

Deena Bennett, of Riverside, Calif., who will turn 36 Wednesday. She's a deputy district attorney and married mother of two.

Jeanne Hebert, 41, of North Attleboro, Mass., director of marketing for the New England Dairy Promotion Board. She and her husband have three children.

Janet Koth, 47, of Manchester, Mo., an abstinence counselor. She and her husband have two daughters.

Shawna Mitchell, 23, of Redwood City, Calif., works for an outdoor retail firm.

Joanna Ward, 31, of Orangeburg, S.C., a single mother of one and an aerobics instructor.

- Gannett News Service

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