Sean Voted Out Of The Game

The street in the Lower Ninth Ward is covered in heavy dried mud as the water begins to drain from the area, in this Sept. 26, 2005 file photo in New Orleans. Rita struck two years ago, Sept. 24, 2005, a Category 3 storm whose 120-mph(193-kph)winds and 9-foot (2 3/4-meter) storm surge ruined every structure in the southwestern Louisiana towns of Johnson Bayou and Holly Beach, bringing similar destruction to southeastern Texas. (AP Photo/Ric Francis,File)
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On night 36, after a heated Tribal Council in which strategies evolved and disagreements emerged, Sean Rector, the 30-year-old teacher from Harlem, N.Y., was voted out of the tribe.

Earlier at Soliantu's beach, the question of race became an issue - specifically whether Sean and Vecepia were in some sort of alliance, and whether that alliance was assumed by others simply because the two tribe members were of the same race. With Kathy as the swing vote, two factions were courting her allegiance. In the end, her loyalty lay with Paschal and Neleh, as her vote became the decisive factor in voting Sean out, 3 votes to 2.

Sean becomes the 12th member of Survivor: Marquesas to be voted out of the tribe, and the fifth member of the jury, which will ultimately decide who will be the sole Survivor. Exiting Tribal Council, Sean gave his final words: "I just know that, through it all, it's been a blast. I am just a humble young man trying to find my way through the world. God bless America."

Sean's Final Words

"First of all, I just want to say that I'm going to give God all the glory and praise, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for without Jesus I will be nothing, I am nothing, first and foremost.

"Secondly, to Ma, Laverne Rector, my mother, my sweetheart, I love you with all my heart, ma, and everything I've done to this point has been to make your life better. Forgive me for any mistakes I made, I'm just a humble young man trying to find my way through this world. To my family, my grandmother, all my aunts and cousins - I love you guys. I tried to play a fair and honest game to represent the Rectors and the Watermans and the Whites and the Wyatts and the Youngs - everybody in my family, I love you guys. To my students at John Muir Middle School - I love you guys. Thank you for all your support, all the teachers, my principal, thank you for allowing me to go on this trip and try to represent. I did the best I can, I'm sorry I didn't come home with the gold. I know I said if I won a million, I'd donate something. I'm still going to try and see what I can do.

For the African-American community, I hope I've represented to a certain extent where you can be proud of me. Forgive me for any mistakes that I made. I'm very image- conscious especially the way African Americans are portrayed being that I am a teacher and I teach mostly Hispanics and African Americans. For the brothers that are locked up - you just feel like there's no hope - I kept you in my prayers and my mind, knowing that if you can live vicariously through my struggles out here, in this water, my phobia of the ocean, the elements, not eating, and just feeling alone at times, hopefully I made your day a little bit better.

There's a lot one could say, but I just know that through it all it's been a blast. I'm sorry I couldn't bring it home, but definitely don't feel bad for me because I'm going to be OK. God has blessed me in more ways, and will continue to bless me and you as long as you put Christ first in your life. I don't know what the future holds for me but I pray that my students are inspired to be better than me, I hope I inspired my family members to do a lot better with one another. God bless America. Peace."

Tribal Council Vote:

Sean Rector - 3 votes
Neleh Dennis - 2 votes