One of the quieter contestants of the season, Sunday managed to become well liked by almost everyone, forging relationships with members of her original tribe and with members on the opposing tribe. After Will flipped on her alliance, each of the remaining alliance members were voted out; she was eventually voted out on Day 35.
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Name: Sunday Burquest
Current residence: Otsego, MN
Occupation: Youth pastor
Tribe designation: Takali (Gen-X)
Three words to describe you: Bossy, compassionate, and tenacious.
Hobbies: Repurposing and painting furniture, interior design, and thrift shopping because I love the thrill of the hunt for a good deal.
Pet peeves: Arrogant people and those who think they're God's gift to the human race. Catty women who make the snide comments, back-handed compliments, and make other girls in the room feel like they don't measure up. Plus, people who are late drive me nuts.
What does it mean to be a Gen-Xer? For myself, being a Gen-Xer means being driven and hard working. We don't expect things to be handed to us; we set goals and work hard for what we want in life. We also don't think we deserve to win in every situation and actually look at failure as an opportunity to learn. On the other hand, Gen-Xers can be stuck in our ways and leery of new ideas. It would help a lot if we would learn to listen to the younger generation and run with some of their new ideas.
Personal claim to fame: Besides my four amazing kids, I'm most proud of being a breast cancer survivor. After five surgeries, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and 28 days of radiation—not to mention the horrible meds they put you on—I'm still here! It was important to me that my kids saw me as a "warrior," rather than as a whiner. Of course, it was hard, but I wouldn't let cancer take over my life. Because of my faith, I was able to kick cancer's butt!
Inspiration in life: My inspiration comes from my relationship with the Lord. My faith has shaped my attitude in life and has given me the ability to be genuinely happy. Aside from my faith, my mom is my hero. She is the toughest lady. I get my tenacity and "never quit" attitude from her. I've watched her succeed despite her difficult upbringing, dealing with me and my brothers as teenagers, and enduring a bone-marrow transplant. No matter what happens, she keeps getting back up and going again!
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? A deck of cards because I love playing games and it helps break down walls with people you don't know; lip gloss because I always feel a little better about myself with a little color on my lips; and '80s music because I love singing with friends and, no matter how off-key you all are, it's always fun.
Survivor contestant you're most like: I'd play the game most like Lisa Whelchel (Philippines). I see a lot of myself in her. Not only has she been through difficult times, but her faith stayed intact. We're both moms and I see myself "mothering" some of the younger players, as she did. I see myself trying my best to play the game according to my faith, yet making sure I actually play the game. I know there will come a point I will have to deceive to get ahead; I plan to do it in the context of the game.
Reason for being on Survivor: My primary motivation is of course a $1 million! Second, I want to prove to myself that I can do it. As a fan of the show from the very first season, I've spent hours dreaming about being on the island, making alliances, finding Hidden Immunity Idols, and, most of all, walking away with the title of Sole Survivor!
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I believe my strong personality will keep me going on the island. I know I'm good with people, especially young people because I work with them for a living, and this will help me gain allies on my tribe. My leadership skills will be useful in getting work done around camp.
Sunday started on Takali. When Takali lost the first Immunity Challenge, she joined the Takali Alliance, and aided the alliance in voting out Rachel Ako. When Takali lost for a second time, Sunday along with alliance members Jessica Smith and Lucy Huang betrayed their alliance, and worked with the minority alliance of David Wright, CeCe Taylor, and Ken McNickle to blindside their alliance member Paul Wachter. The next day she told alliance members Chris Hammons and Bret LaBelle that it was Jessica's idea to blindside Paul. Takali lost immunity for a third time. She voted for Jessica, but David used his Hidden Immunity Idol to save her, and blindside Lucy.
The next day a Tribe Switch occurred. Herself and Bret switched to the new Ikabula tribe,and were joined by fellow Vanua members Michaela Bradshaw, Will Wahl, Jay Starrett and Hannah Shapiro. Sunday and Bret appeared to be on the outs. Ikabula lost immunity on Day 20. However, at Tribal Council, Will and Jay joined her and Bret to blindside Michaela.
Sunday reached the merge. At the merged Tribal Council, she joined the majority in blindsiding Triforce member Michelle Schubert. On Day 25, Sunday and Bret discussed targeting Jessica; Sunday recruited Jay, who promised support from his alliance members Taylor and Will. However, after the challenge Sunday realized she would not be able to get Jessica out, and she alerted Jay. At Tribal Council, she aided the majority in voting out Taylor.
David won immunity on Day 28. Her alliance planned to blindside Jessica, however, Chris was blindsided instead due to Zeke Smith and Hannah; who were the deciding votes siding with David's alliance. Sunday, Bret and Zeke won the Reward Challenge. On the trip, they decided to turn on David. Jay won immunity. At camp, Zeke formed Zeke's Vinaka Alliance, and recruited Sunday, Bret, Jay, and Will. She voted for Hannah and manipulated Adam Klein into telling David to play the idol on Ken, and the vote ended in a 5-5 tie between Zeke and Hannah. She voted for her in the revote, and the vote ended in a 4-4 tie. She then participated in the rock drawing Tiebreaker where Jessica was eliminated for picking the wrong rock.
Her alliance was now in the majority. The next day, she met her husband Jeff. At the next Tribal Council, Will flipped and Adam played an idol on Hannah, thus blindsiding Zeke, and leaving Sunday in the minority. On Night 34, Sunday and Bret joined David's alliance in blindsiding Will. On Night 35, she voted for Jay who played his idol which negated her vote, and David, Hannah, Ken and Adam blindsided her.
At the Final Tribal Council, Sunday made the mandatory statement about the Gen X/Millennial divide. She voted for Adam to win who won in a unanimous 10-0-0 vote.
|Sunday's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Takali Tribe Immune|
|5||Ikabula Tribe Immune|
|6||Ikabula Tribe Immune|
| || Adam, David,|
|Voted Out, Day 35|
| Voted for|
^1 In Who's the Sucker at the Table?, David used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Jessica, negating Sunday's vote against her.
^2 In Million Dollar Gamble, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Hannah and Zeke, forcing a revote. Sunday did not change her vote on the revote.
^3 In About to Have a Rumble, Adam used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Hannah, negating Sunday's vote against her.
^4 In Slayed the Survivor Dragon, Jay used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sunday's vote against him.
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- Sunday is the oldest woman to compete on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.
- Sunday is the highest ranking female member of the original Takali tribe.
- Sunday lost 25 lbs. during her time on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.
- Sunday only received votes at her first and last Tribal Councils.
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