Neleh Dennis - Marquesas
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Seasons: 1 | Days: 39 | Wins: 0 | Final Two: 1

Survivor: Marquesas (2002) - 2nd place, 3 jury votes

  • Received three jury votes to finish second (4-3), in Episode 13, "The Sole Survivor" (Day 39).

Neleh Dennis - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats

Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S4: Marquesas 2.34 13.46 0.17 9 4 10 0.89 3.15 3 7 0.43 1.50 8.06
Career 2.34 13.46 0.17 9 4 10 0.89 3.15 3 7 0.43 1.50 8.06
Neleh Dennis - Challenge record
  • S4 logo Marquesas challenges

    Ep2 IC - Marquesan Menu

    Tribal/team challenge record (7-for-11; 1 sit-out):

    • Marquesas Ep. 1 IC: "Outrigger Fire Quest" - Helps carry the canoe, and Rotu wins big.
    • Marquesas Ep. 2 RC: "Do or Dive" - Dives, rows the boat, and Rotu wins again.
    • Marquesas Ep. 2 IC: "Marquesan Menu" - Wins the tiebreaker vs. Boston Rob, and Rotu wins!
    • Marquesas Ep. 3 RC: "Raft Rescue" - Sits out, as Rotu wins again.
    • Marquesas Ep. 3 IC: "Coconut Maze Race" - Never the caller, but pulls ropes, and Rotu wins.
    • Marquesas Ep. 4 IC: "Life's a Tapestry" - Now with Maraamu, which seems lost, as Maraamu loses again.
    • Marquesas Ep. 5 RC: "Tiki Tower" - Blindfolded, collects and builds tiki pieces, and finally Maraamu wins!
    • Marquesas Ep. 5 IC: "Distress Signal" - Thanks to a flag and a stolen blanket, Maraamu wins again.
    • Marquesas Ep. 6 RC: "Jungle Relay" - Unties the second paddle with Paschal, and Maraamu wins!
    • Marquesas Ep. 6 IC: "Maze" - Maraamu runs around in circles, finds just two planks, loses (5-2).
    • Marquesas Ep. 9 RC: "Coconut Juice" - Paired with Zoe; makes good progress, but does not win.


    Hand on a Hard Idol - Final 3 IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-11): (Mean % finish: 60.7%)

    • Marquesas Ep. 7 IC: "Sea Legs" - First person to drop out, fairly quickly (10th/10).
    • Marquesas Ep. 8 RC: "Go Fly a Kite" - One of eight to not get their kite off the ground (tie-2nd/9).
    • Marquesas Ep. 8 IC: "Parang Swing" - Seventh person out, chopped by Tammy (3rd/9).
    • Marquesas Ep. 9 IC: "High Stepping" - Eliminated by Tammy in the first round (tie-5th/8).
    • Marquesas Ep. 10 RC: "Rock Bottom" - Eliminated in the third round, gets reward anyway (5th/7).
    • Marquesas Ep. 10 IC: "Virtues of Fire" - Waiting for her popcorn as the challenge ends (tie-3rd/7).
    • Marquesas Ep. 11 IC: "Sands of Time" - Loses a final showdown vs. Vee (2nd/6).
    • Marquesas Ep. 12 RC: "Second Chance" - Still on the coconut juice as Sean wins (tie-2nd/5).
    • Marquesas Ep. 12 IC: "Marquesan Folklore" - Acquires five tikis, drops one, does not win (2nd/5)
    • Marquesas Ep. 13 F4 IC: "Fallen Comrades" - Gets nine answers right, does not win (2nd/4).
    • Marquesas Ep. 13 F3 IC: "Hand on a Hard Idol" - Lasts 4 hrs, 30 min., and Neleh wins! (1st/3).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Marquesas: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 7
    Played: 11
    Win%: 0.64
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 1
    Played: 11
    Win%: 0.09
    Mean% Finish: 60.7%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Neleh Dennis - Tribal Council record
  • S4 logo Marquesas Tribal

    Ep6 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played:

    • Marquesas: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (9/10):


    VAP - Votes against (4):

    • Marquesas, Ep. 12: Two votes, from Sean and Vee.
    • Marquesas, Ep. 13 (F4 vote): Two votes, from Kathy and Vee.


    Jury votes received (3/7):

    • Marquesas, Ep. 13: Received three jury votes, from Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, Paschal English, and Zoe Zanidakis, to finish second (4-3).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: --
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 9
    Tribals: 10
    VAP: 4
  • Jury votes
    Made: --
    Received: 3
    Total jurors: 7
Neleh Dennis - Pictures
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Neleh Dennis - Interviews
Neleh Dennis - Bio
  • S4 logo Marquesas bio

    Official CBS Marquesas bio excerpts (circa January, 2002):


    "Neleh Dennis was born in Heber City, Utah, and is one of eight siblings (five brothers, Tom, John, Devin, Nathan and Landon, and two sisters, McKenna and Robyn). She was named after her maternal grandmother, Helen. Same name, only spelled backwards. Dennis has lived in California, Idaho, and most recently, Layton, Utah. She graduated from Layton High School in 1998.


    Dennis was a member of the Layton High Drill Team, which placed second in a national competition her senior year. While in high school, Neleh taught dance, sang in choir, enjoyed theatre, donated time and energy to the Special Olympics and worked closely with mentally challenged young adults. Dennis also earned her Certified Nurse Assistance certificate before graduation and worked full-time with Alzheimer's patients in a nursing care center where she was promoted to Team Leader. During the summer, she worked as a lifeguard.


    After graduation, Neleh attended Weber State University and earned an Associate degree. She was accepted into the nursing program, but decided to pursue a degree in psychology. Dennis is currently working on a Bachelor of Science in psychology with an emphasis on child and family studies. In addition, she took scuba diving lessons while in school. She also worked part-time as a psych tech on an adult psychiatric ward at a local hospital.



    Neleh Dennis describes herself as happy, outgoing and loving. Dennis enjoys country dancing, camping, boating, snowboarding, working out and waterskiing. She also enjoys exploring new places, going for long drives in the country, picnicking and four-wheeling. Ever the adventurer, she is a member of the Mountaineering Club. She currently resides with her parents, three of her brothers, her two ferrets, Bandit and Chance, and one dog, Rascal. Neleh has a major sweet tooth and loves to eat. Her birth date is February 19."