NEWPORT BEACH — With only first place left to be called in two categories, sophomore Kimberly Tessers' heart was pounding and, at another table, senior Jessenia Hernandez had her head in her hands.
The two teams were going to win it all or go home with nothing.
The management team's win was announced first. The culinary team didn't have to wait long to find out they were joining their peers as national champions, which Jessenia, 17, never thought could happen.
"We were in the middle of shaking all these judges' hands, and we just stopped and we ran to our other team and just started hugging," Kimberly, 15, said Wednesday morning at Newport Harbor High School. "We never thought it would be possible for us both to win."
Newport Harbor High's culinary and management teams represented California at the 10th annual National ProStart Invitational sponsored by the National Restaurant Assn. Educational Foundation over the weekend in Overland Park, Kan.