07/18/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT
Chuck Munyon would rather that you not call him a geek. Sure, he and his partner Caitilin Stoller were crowned the winners of The WB's cute-girls-paired-with-dorky-guys reality competition Beauty and the Geek
. Even so, says Munyon, a medical student, "I've always thought of myself as a nerd. But I'm not actually sure of the difference between a geek and a nerd."
Don't sweat it, Chuck. What matters is your victory over the six other couples in the Ashton Kutcher
-produced series. Pitted against each other in unlikely tasks—the beauties had to fix cars and compete in a fifth-grade-level spelling bee, while the geeks learned massage and how to dance—Munyon, 27, and Stoller, 25, proved they were the body-and-brains duo to beat. Their ultimate hurdle was passing an IQ test on each other. They easily aced it. "Chuck and I would spend hours sitting up talking before we'd go to bed," says Stoller, a retail coordinator for an L.A. apparel company. "We were like brother and sister."
Stoller, a Colorado native who has a boyfriend and hopes to start a family, says the show "gave me more confidence in my intelligence. Before I'd have been afraid to answer a question and be wrong. Now the fear is gone." Still, she says, "I have no plans to be the CEO of Sony or anything."
And what about the $250,000 prize they'll split? "I'm going to Cabo [San Lucas, Mexico]," says Stoller, "and there's a pair of cowboy boots I want." Munyon, an Iowa native going to school in Philadelphia, will pay off some tuition bills. And he plans to let people know his brush with TV fame hasn't changed him. "Now people are telling me, 'Oh, you're no longer a geek,' " he says. "And I feel like, 'No, you can't take that from me. Dammit, I am a nerd!' "