Penny Ramsey is a contestant from Survivor: Thailand.


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Originally from Houston, Texas, Penny Ramsey spent her high school years in Bernardville, New Jersey. She spent her first year of college at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville before transferring to the University of Maryland, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. She was also a University of Maryland cheerleader, and made the cover of the premiere issue of American Cheerleader Magazine in February 1995.

Penny is currently employed as a pharmaceutical sales representative. She previously worked as a traffic manager/media communications for the National Spirit Group, and has also worked as a waitress. She enjoys exercising, shopping and getting together with family and friends. She does not eat red meat. Her favorite sport is college basketball.

Penny currently lives in Plano, Texas, and is engaged to Matt. She has two Boston terriers, Bella And Teke (brother and sister). She is a member of the Highland Park United Methodist Church and Maryland Athletic Club. Her birth date is April 24, 1975.[1]


Penny Ramsey was selected by Jake Billingsley to be on his Sook Jai tribe. When completed, Sook Jai was much younger than the Chuay Gahn. The tribe enthusiastically headed to their beach and scattered when they arrived. Eventually, the majority of the tribe fixated on Shelter. At the first challenge of the season, Sook Jai was able to come from behind and win due to Ghandia Johnson stalling at the final station. Despite the win, the tribe was still divided. Jed Hildebrand and Stephanie Dill focused on other things like food and water and didn't help with the shelter. Penny, along with Jake, Erin CollinsKen Stafford, and Shii Ann Huang went to forage for food. Penny lead Sook Jai to victory in the Reward Challenge. Penny did poorly at the immunity, but Sook Jai won nonetheless. 

Jed and Stephanie were joined by Robb Zbacnik and they slept on the ground. At the Reward Challenge, Sook Jai was leading again. However, Ken, Robb, Stephanie, and Jed all made contact with members of Chuay Gahn outside of the attack zone. This caused them all to be disqualified from the challenge and the resulting penalty allowed Chuay Gahn to win. Sook Jai was ready to vote someone off. They got their wish as Chuay Gahn won a mental Immunity Challenge. Penny voted against Jed because she felt he was trying to become the leader. Jed was voted out in a 5-3 vote. The tribe resumed its winning streak by winning the next reward and Immunity Challenges. The tribe won bananas and much to their surprise, chickens. The tribe ate a chicken and bonded.

On Day 15, there was a Survivor Auction. Before the auction, the castaways were given the chance to switch tribes, but no one took up the offer. Chuay Gahn won the next challenge, granting them immunity. Stephanie was voted out in a 5-2 vote. Robb talked to Penny and Ken about their honesty to him. Penny said that she was honest and Ken was lying. At the Reward Challenge, Robb dominated the challenge. The tribe enjoyed a traditional Thai Feast. The tribe bonded further and Robb had an epiphany about his behavior. Unfortunately, Sook Jai was outsmarted by Chuay Gahn at the Immunity Challenge. The tribe had an emotional moment before Tribal Council. However, this didn't save Robb from being unanimously voted out.

Both Shii Ann and Ken were leery of Penny. The tribe got Tree Mail and were given various colored paints. When the decorated tribes arrived, everyone was paired up with a member of the opposing tribe. Penny was paired with Brian Heidik. Then it was announced that the tribes would be living together. The group headed to Chuay Gahn's beach. Everyone got along well. However, Chuay Gahn trusted Penny the least out of the Sook Jai. Also, Shii Ann was getting too close with the Chuay Gahn's. At the Immunity Challenge, everyone was shocked that the challenge was tribal, not individual. Sook Jai lost immunity yet again. Shii Ann called Penny out for being manipulative. However, Shii Ann was voted out for wanting to switch sides. Life at camp was so much more awkward because they had not merged. Sook Jai lost immunity again, demoralizing the tribe. The tribe had one last bonding moment before Tribal Council. Chuay Gahn said they were sorry that Sook Jai had to go to Tribal Council, but Penny was able to tell that they were happy. In an emotional vote, Erin was voted out in a 3-1 vote over Ken.

Penny was saddened by the loss of her closest friend. At the next challenge, everyone saw portions of videos of their loved ones. Penny's featured her Fiancé and his friends. The tribes had officially merged and everyone would compete for the video. Penny was paired with Ted Rogers, Jr., but lost in the first round. At the Immunity Challenge, Penny came close to making it to the final round but lost to Clay and Ken, with the former getting immunity. The Sook Jai's valiantly tried to get people to flip but Chuay Gahn stayed strong and Ken was voted out in a 5-3 vote. At the Reward Challenge, Penny once again was paired with Ted. She was out in the third round. At this point, Penny decided to cut her ties to Jake in order to save herself. Clay said that he wanted her in the Final Four, but he told everyone that in order to secure jury votes. In order to exemplify this, she gave Jake a hit at the three strikes challenges. However, at the Immunity Challenge, Penny was the first person out. Penny's attempts to backstab Jake backfired as she was voted out in a 4-2-1 vote. Only Clay voted with her as Jake was annoying him. 

At the Final Tribal Council, Penny asked if the finalists bothered to get to know her. Penny asked Brian if he knew where she grew up and about any siblings she has. Brian failed miserably. Then she asked Clay if he would like to add anything. Clay told various accurate facts about her. Because he answered the question with flying colors, Penny voted for Clay to win.

Voting History

Penny's Voting History
Episode Penny's
Voted Against
1 Sook Jai Tribe Immune
2 Sook Jai Tribe Immune
3 Jed -
4 Sook Jai Tribe Immune
5 Stephanie -
6 Robb -
7 Shii Ann Shii Ann
8 Erin -
9 Ted -
10 Jake Brian, Helen,
Jan, Ted
Voted Out, Day 30
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • In 2003, Penny was one of several castaways who appeared on MTV's Men vs. Women: Rumble in the Jungle, a preview show for Survivor: The Amazon and offered her commentary in the debate of which gender was stronger.[2]
  • On January 9, 2010, Penny attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.


  • Penny's luxury item was a pair of pajamas.
  • Penny was the youngest member of Chuay Jai and the only member below the age of thirty.
  • Penny is the highest ranking Sook Jai female.
  • Penny was the only female from Sook Jai to be a member of Chuay Jai.
  • Penny only received votes at tribal when she was voting against members of her own tribe.
  • Penny was the only member of Sook Jai to make the merge but not receive all of the votes of the former Chuay Gahn tribe.


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