By EW Staff
February 26, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST
Wanda Shirk: Robert Voets/CBS

”Survivor: Palau”: Meet Wanda Shirk

Eliminated Feb. 17, 2005

AGE 55

HOMETOWN Ulysses, Pa.

OCCUPATION English teacher

THE SCOOP This wacky mother of two has also been a foster parent to 25 children and has taken in exchange students from three countries.

PROS Solo-backpacked 85 miles in the Pennsylvania mountains at age 50.

CONS The island’s eldest woman is unlikely to win immunity pitted against the young cubs in the physical challenges.