Local flavor (above) created by Raychele Paul and Grace Dwyer; and music themed shoes created by Katie Millman and Lorna Barimi.

Lakewood High School is one of 50 schools from across the country named finalists in Vans Custom Culture art competition that includes a grand prize of $50,000 for the winning high school’s art department. Vote here to help the school win the grand prize. Voting ends May 13 at 11:59 p.m.

The contest was created by Vans to inspire high school students across the United States to embrace their creativity and draw attention to the importance of art as an integral part of our schools’ focus in the face of shrinking budgets. The contest started off with 1,500 schools and is now down to the top 50 from five different regions. LHS is one of 10 schools selected in the Northeast Region, which includes 16 states.

The contest entails creating a custom shoe design for four pairs of blank white canvas Vans, each adhering one of the contest’s four themes: art, music, local flavor and action sports.

A nationwide voting contest will determine the winner, which will receive $50,000, and the top five vote-getters will be invited to New York City for an awards ceremony. Runner-ups will also receive money for their art departments.

Congratulations to the students who created the shoe designs: Lorna Barimi, Grace Dwyer, Aaron Kovach, Katie Millman, Jazmyn Paoli, Raychele Paul, Chelsea Presock, and photographer Paige Olszewski.

Art theme (above) created by Jazmyn Paoli and Chelsea Presock; and action sport theme shoes created by Aaron Kovach.



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