AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Students in Amory High School's culinary arts program will represent the state in this year's national ProStart Management Competition.
The students developed a winning restaurant concept that beat out a dozen schools for the top spot.
The restaurant is called Sweet n' Savory. It features homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and bread.
Four students developed the concept with a southern twist. The students had to create everything, including the decor, the price structure, the menu and the marketing strategy.
"We decided a website and lunch VIP card because there is a lot of customers during lunch, and a lot of customers use technology," said student Chelsey Harlow.
Along with bragging rights, the first place title gives the students more than $50,000 in scholarship money.
"We cried. We were so excited," said student Destyne Galloway.
"It was overwhelming," added Harlow.
The students will now head to Baltimore for the national competitions.
"We will be one of 52 teams that will actually compete in just the management group. That's pretty exciting," said teacher Dianne Young.
In the national competitions, the students will have to prepare three of the menu items. One of them will be a BLT with a fried green tomato.