The school, which won Walk the Walk last year, competed in the national competition against four other schools that made it to the finals. Grossmont High School from El Cajon won the top prize, $25,000.
The students put on a five-minute runway show and performance in front of thousands of teenagers. The show was hosted by actors Vanessa Hudgens ("High School Musical") and Tristan Wilds ("The Wire"). Each performance was judged on the performance's overall vibe, style and design and music by supermodel Marisa Miller, "90210" actress Gillian Zinser, pro surfers Rob Machado and Laura Enever, and Bob Hurley.
CdM took the stage first with graffiti artists, giant colorful peace signs, skateboarders and a musical mash-up that included Kanye West's "Jesus Walks," Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'," a song from the movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," and a portion Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
The performance's theme of street artists and graffiti was meant to urge people to be unique and not always fall in line with the status quo, but follow their own path, Krissy said.
"It's a way of them taking back the public space," she said, "and expressing their voice."