Hometown Honors 'Bachelor' Winner Helene

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May 21, 2003

GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J.- Former teachers, politicians and adoring boys greeted former prom queen and National Honor Society member Helene Eksterowicz on a visit to her alma mater, Gloucester High School.

Oh, yes. She's also the woman who won the affection of the second bachelor on "The Bachelor," Aaron Buerge, who slipped an engagement ring on her finger in front of 26 million viewers.

During Monday's visit, Eksterowicz received a proclamation for "bringing honor to her hometown," a box of Hershey kisses and a videotape including footage of her appearance on the ABC reality romance series.

Most of the questions she fielded from students dealt with her break-up with Buerge, which happened on her birthday in January.

"I'm not sure what happened after the show," she said. "I was very surprised. I thought things were going well between us."

Senior Conrad Hirst, 18, sensing an opening, grabbed the microphone and asked for a date.

"I'm a little too old for you," Eksterowicz, 28, replied with a smile.