Windham High School is among 500 schools in the country selected by the Vans Shoe Company to compete in the Vans Custom Culture contest. The high school is invited to submit two student designs for sneakers to be entered into the nationwide contest. Senior Christine Hernandez and Junior Kylie Rivera have created designs around the themes, Local Flavor and “Off The Wall” that they must render on a pair of white sneakers and submit.
Vans Custom Culture contest was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets.
Art teacher Amanda Roohr submitted an impact document about how the $75,000 grand prize, to be awarded to the school whose student submits the winning design, could impact the art program at the school. The pool of 1000 student submissions will be narrowed to 50 by public voting before final selection of five finalists and one winner is selected.
“Once I received a congratulations email that we were selected,” says Ms Roohr, “I opened our submission period to students for about a month, then chose the designs of these two students because they were the most creative. Vans sent us white sneakers which the students will decorate in their themes, Local Flavor and Off the Wall, going as far as their imaginations can take them.”
Good luck to Christine and Kylie!
(Left to Right) Christine, Kylie and Art Teacher Amanda Roohr.