Pittsburgh native Jenna Morasca, originally considered by many to be too young and spoiled to make it through more than a few rounds, was declared winner over Matthew Von Ertfelda, a 33-year-old restaurant designer from Washington, D.C., when the ballots were tallied live at Sunday's conclusion of "Survivor Amazon." Perceived by her teammates as the one least likely to survive on her own, Jenna battled back to ultimately prove everyone wrong, winning 4 of the show's 8 individual immunity challenges. For toughing it out over 15 other contestants during the 39-day competition in a remote Amazonian rain forest, Jenna takes home the $1 million prize and title of "Sole Survivor."
Since she didn't pull her own weight, played favorites, and even bared all in return for chocolate and peanut butter, Jenna's win came as a shock to most television viewers, as well as to Jenna herself. Even "Survivor" host Jeff Probst expressed his surprise at Jenna's win, saying, "For a good 36 out of the 39 days, you acted like a selfish, spoiled only child."
"Fair enough," Jenna replied. "I'm very young, I have a lot to learn. I felt like I grew a lot.... I got to watch myself, and, boy, I am spoiled sometimes. I'm also annoying. I learned so much about myself, but it's very hard to have a learning experience in front of a viewing audience that doesn't know I'm learning."
Born on February 15, 1981, 22-year-old Jenna Morasca was the youngest member of the Survivor Amazon cast. A junior at the University of Pittsburgh where she is majoring in zoology, Jenna likes animals, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, camping, sleeping, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Her hero is her mother, Carla Morasca, who has been fighting breast cancer for 10 years. She is a swimsuit model who has appeared in "Maxim" and "Stuff" magazines, and was second runner-up in the Miss Pennsylvania USA beauty pageant in 2001.