Wanda Shirk - Survivor: Palau

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 2 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

  • Survivor 10: Palau (2005) - 19th place, 2nd out.
  • Unpicked for a tribe in Episode 1, "This Has Never Happened Before!" (Day 2).

Wanda Shirk on social media: None found

Wanda Shirk - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S10: Palau 0.00 1.00 0.00 - - - - - - - - 0.00 NA
Career 0.00 1.00 0.00 - - - - - - - - 0.00 NA


Wanda Shirk - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile


Tribal: VFB% percentile


Tribal: rVAP percentile


Performance ranks are a quick visual measure of the contestant's season vs. historical data from all prior contestants, in three basic (scorable) categories:

1. Performance in individual challenges (MPF), as a measure of "physical game";

2. Ability to vote people out consistently (VFB%, or VFB/TCA), or "strategic game"; and

3. Ability to avoid being voted against (rVAP, or TCA-VAP) - which scales better than a percentage would - for "social/strategic game."

See also: Full glossary for all these abbreviations.


Wanda Shirk - Challenge record
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Ep1 ind. IC

Tribal/team challenge record (0-for-0):

  • Palau: None.


Individual challenge record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 50%)

  • Palau, Ep. 1 ind. IC: Middle of the pack, but beats Stephenie (tie-3rd/10).


Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-0):

  • Palau: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Sat out: -
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 1
Win%: 0.00
Mean % Finish: 50%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean% Finish: -
Wanda Shirk - Tribal Council record
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Ep1 Tribe pick

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Palau: None.


VFB - Votes for the person booted (0/0):

  • Palau: None. Wanda did not attend Tribal Council.


VAP - Votes against (0):

  • Palau: None.


Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Palau: None.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 0
Idols found: 0
Idols played: -
Votes voided: -
Voting record
VFB: 0
Tribals: 0
VAP: -
Jury votes
Made: 0
For winners: -
Received: -
Wanda Shirk - Pictures
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    Palau intro shot
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    Palau intro shot
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    On the rowboat, Day 1
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    Listening to Probst announce the challenge
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    Breaking into song during the rowing
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    I have so many songs planned!
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    The race to shore
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    Gathering everyone to look at the map
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    The tribe pick is about to begin
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    Two men, two women left, one spot left for each
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    The two not picked
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    Waving goodbye
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    But first, a song!
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    Full cast, reunion show
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    Wanda sings again!
Wanda Shirk - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • EW staff (2/26/05): "Survivor: Palau - Meet Wanda Shirk"


Post-game interviews

  • Angel Cohn at TVGuide.com (2/28/05): "Survivor's Wanda sings the blues"
  • Sandra Rhodes at the Bradford Era (10/29/06): "Wanda Shirk from Survivor: Palau speaks to Pitt-Bradford classes"
Wanda Shirk - Bio
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Official CBS.com Survivor: Palau bio page excerpts (1/26/05):

"Born in Belleville, Pennsylvania, Wanda Shirk grew up in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Ephrata High School in 1967. In 1971, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and speech communication from Wheaton College in Illinois. She then went on to receive her master's degree in education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

Shirk has been teaching junior and senior high school English for 28 years. From 1971 to 1977, she taught at Warwick High School in Lititz, Pennsylvania. From 1983 until the present, she has taught at Northern Potter High School in Ulysses, Pennsylvania. In addition to classroom teaching, she has supervised the school's yearbook and newspaper staffs, directed school plays, acted as an advisor to the National Honor Society and sophomore, junior and senior classes and served as timer and scorekeeper for the school's volleyball and basketball games.

Parenting has been a large part of Shirk's life over the last 25 years. In addition to her own children, Dawn and Shawn, she and her husband of 26 years (they divorced in 2000) became foster parents to 25 children and to exchange students from Norway, Germany and the Ukraine.

These days, Shirk devotes much of her time to community service. She is a trustee of the Ulysses Library, President of the Potter County Foster Parents Association, Chairman of the Potter County Planning Commission and secretary/fund-raising Chairman for the Tri-Town Fire Company Auxiliary. She is certified as a Community Emergency Response Team member and is certified in some Red Cross courses (and a regular Red Cross blood donor as well).

Shirk enjoys backpacking and hiking. In 2000, she solo backpacked the 85 mile Susquehannock Trail in Potter County, Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Keystone Trails Association and two local hiking clubs.

A recent newlywed, Shirk resides in Ulysses, Pennsylvania, with her husband, George. Her birth date is August 24, 1949."