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Misty Giles
24, Dallas, TX
Engineer/ model
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Austin Carty
Bobby Mason
Bruce Kanegai
Cirie Fields
Courtney Marit
Dan Barry
Danielle DiLorenzo
Melinda Hyder
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Nick Stanbury
Ruth Marie Milliman
Sally Schumann
Shane Powers
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Date, source
January 25, 2006
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January 25, 2006: CBSNews video of a pre-game press roundtable discussion about Misty, led by Jeff Probst, with Mara Reinstein (US Weekly), Paul Adler (TV Guide channel), Shawna Malcom (TV Guide), Dalton Ross (EW), Jarett Wieselman (In Touch). Transcript:

mistyJeff Probst: Misty Giles, rocket scientist.
Misty (pre-game interview): My name's Misty Giles. I'm 24, from Dallas, Texas. I'm currently an electrical engineer.
Dalton Ross: She's a little feistier. I think she's definitely a little feisty. I can see her being ultra-competitive. You've got a former teen beauty queen and that's about as competitive as it gets. I made her show me the wave by the way. There's a special pageant wave. Oh yeah. Sort of like back and forth, and you sort of cup.... So I think she's gonna be very competitive when she gets out there and I think she seems pretty athletic, too.
Jeff Probst: Did she talk a lot about her beauty? Because she kept impressing that on us.
Misty (pre-game interview): Being a female and being physically attractive and keeping up with myself has been somewhat of an issue from time to time. In college it was definitely difficult.
Shawna Malcom: She talked a lot about how she wasn't a girly girl. But then she said she spent an hour straightening her hair that morning, so.
Paul Adler: Yeah, she asked before our interview, um, if she had enough make-up on and we were like, 'honey, it's the end of vanity, 'cause you're going to the game.'
Jeff Probst: How do you think she'll fare in this group?
Paul Adler: I'm not sure the girls are gonna like her. Um, I really liked her. I thought she was smart, and, you know. But she's very bubbly, she's very perky. The other girls are a little more low-key.
Dalton Ross: I asked one of them, 'What do you think, have you been sizing up the other girls? It's sort of, you've been seeing them, you haven't been able to speak to them yet, but you've sort of seen them.' And she goes, 'Well I think that three of us sort of probably have the same vibe, and there's one of us that don't.' And I think Misty might be that one that isn't on, that isn't working on the same wavelength. Well Courtney was the one who said it, so....
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January 22, 2006: Transcript of Misty-specific footage from the TV Guide Channel "Survivor: Panama - Exile Island Preview" (featuring pre-game contestant interviews and Jeff Probst comments from circa Ep1):

"Danni Boatwright: Misty shares a common trait with me: both of us have competed in beauty pageants in the past.
Misty (pre-game interview): That's helped me develop part of my strategy, in terms of Survivor,
Danni Boatwright: But Misty is more than just a pretty face. She's also a rocket scientist and missile engineer.
Misty (pre-game interview): Everyone, hands down, is always shocked to hear that I'm an engineer. I'm used to being underestimated, and I hope that that continues throughout this game."

January 9, 2006: Officially revealed as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island on the Early Show.
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Misty's bio, from the CBS Survivor: Panama site:
Misty Giles was born in Valdosta, Georgia. The first of three children in a military family, she moved frequently during her early years. She eventually settled in Texas, where she attended Killeen High School. No stranger to competition, Giles participated in varsity sports and later won the title of Miss Texas Teen USA 1999.

Giles' proudest accomplishment so far has been her ability to support herself through college and earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University. She is currently employed as an engineer by a premiere advanced technology corporation and is pursuing a master's degree. Additionally, she is training for her next big challenge, marathon running.

Giles describes herself as highly adventurous, determined and sexy. She considers herself a "tomboy in high heels," as she was once the only girl on her local little league baseball team. She values her faith and work ethic as her best personal attributes. She has a passion for youth and spends time mentoring young girls to help them prepare to be strong and confident women. She has also lectured at motivational and engineering seminars. She enjoys political discussions, running, kickboxing, playing with her two Boston Terriers (Harley & Arthur), and most of all, spending time with her close friends.

Giles believes her competitive nature and natural problem-solving skills will help her get to the end of the game. Competing in the ultimate game of survival and winning are her motivations for taking on SURVIVOR: PANAMA--EXILE ISLAND.

Currently single, Giles resides in Dallas. Her birth date is February 25, 1981.

Date, source
January 7, 2006
MayanSun, SurvivorFever
January 7, 2006: MayanSun from reports receiving tips that Misty Giles may have been a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island. Posted in the S12 contestant thread at Survivor Sucks.

See also SurvivorFever's contestant page for Misty.
Date, source
September, 2005
September, 2005: A progress report from Misty's modeling agency, Alpha Model Group of Dallas, TX:

"Currently, we are in the middle of shooting 'Walker, Texas Ranger-The Reunion Movie' here in Dallas for ABC. Alpha Model Group has talent that is being featured as extras, featured extras, and action extras.
    The following talent was booked on first day of shooting in a 'bar' scene as hot bar girls and bartenders.Melanie Dupree, Misty Giles, Ashley Teas, Christina Gomez, Monet Harkin, Maria Morales, Lucette Campbell and Trudy Chisum.. The rest of the cast shooting that day included Chuck Norris, Janine Turner, Sheree J. Wilson and Wilford Brimley."

See also: Misty's modeling page at Alpha Model Group.
Date, source
March 8, 2002
Meredith Chapin, for the SMU Daily Campus
March 8, 2002: Extensive article in the SMU student paper, the SMU Daily Campus. Excerpts below:

"Misty Giles is breaking through the pageant girl stereotype and proving that there is more to a queen than her beauty. Her intelligence and self-sacrifice help her juggle school, pageant life, community service and three part-time jobs.
   'I know what I want in life,' Giles said, 'and I am willing to work as hard as it takes to get it.'
   Giles has been a part of the pageant scene since she was 15, when her basketball team entered her in the Miss Central Texas Teen USA Pageant. 'My friends just put me in a dress and put some make-up on me," Giles said. "I had no idea what I was doing."
   Despite her inexperience Giles won the pageant. She continued on the pageant circuit. In 1999, she was awarded the title of Miss Texas Teen USA. Last year, she competed in the Miss Texas USA pageant as Miss Tarrant County. On Feb. 24, Giles won the title of Miss Ft. Worth USA. This July she will compete in the Miss Texas USA Pageant, representing Ft. Worth. The pageant will be held in Lubbock, Texas and will air on CBS.

... "Linda Warriner, director of public relations for the Crystal Group admits that not all the women who come through the pageant circuit are nice people, but Giles is the exception. 'Misty is a joy to work with,' Warriner said. 'She is extremely intelligent, bright and articulate. On top of all of that, she is quite beautiful.'
   But it isn't Giles' beauty that's helping her complete a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in systems engineering simultaneously. 'It is hard to balance school and anything extracurricular when you are an engineering major,' Lee Livingston, a junior mechanical engineering major said. 'The study load can be quite overwhelming.'

... "Giles is the first person in her family to go to college, and she pays all of her college tuition and pageant fees herself. To cover these expenses she holds three jobs. She models for the Dallas Modeling Group, works at Larry North Fitness Club in Highland Park Village and is a modeling instructor at Barbizon Modeling School. She has appeared in print and television ads for Cover Girl, Venus Swimwear, Clairol hair color and many others.
    Giles also volunteers with Girls Inc., a mentoring program for underprivileged girls. Matt Kuberski, junior electrical engineering major and friend, said 'she gives what little free time she has to show these girls that you can overcome anything in life.' Giles is not just a volunteer she is a role model. 'She shows those girls you can grow through adverse conditions and good things can happen,' Kuberski said. 'She's always willing to help people.'"

Date, source
February 17, 2001
Ellen Mayou (press release) on the site
February 17, 2001: Misty speaks at "Visioneering: Designing the Future - 2001," a tech event put on by the SMU School of Engineering:

"What will the computer of 2010 look like?
    Dallas-area school children will have an opportunity to design the computer of the future during a special event to be held in conjunction with the 50th annual celebration of National Engineers Week in February.
    The event, “Designing the Future,” will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on the SMU campus from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is being sponsored by the SMU School of Engineering. Co-lead sponsors of the event are Accenture and Texas Instruments (TI)....
    Nobel Laureate Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, founder and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson, former Dallas Cowboys player Larry Brown and 1999 Miss Texas Teen USA Misty Giles are among those scheduled to speak at the event."

Date, source
Texas99 GeoCities site; see also Pageant News
1999: At age 18, represents Texas in the Miss Teen USA pageant, finishing seventh. Below are some excerpts from a circa-pageant interview:

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- "Q. Are you currently attending school or involved in any educational studies? If so, what are you studying? Where? What are your eventual goals?
A. I am planning to study Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University. I plan to work for NASA as an Astronaut. I would love to explore the universe in depth."

- "Q. What have you learned about yourself during the past year?
A. One year ago, I did not realize the profound impact that one person can have on another. I learned this valuable lesson through the tragic death of my best friend, Hannah."

Q. What is your most treasured possession?
A. As an Army brat who moved too many times, I learned to value the enduring nature of my relationship with family and friends over all material possessions."

- "Q. Describe how you envision yourself in five years.
A. In five years I will have graduated with a BS in biomedical engineering with a minor in psychology. Having continued to work my way through college by performing as a model/actress, I will be entering graduate school -- my eye firmly fixed on NASA."

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