High school students near Doylestown enter national sneaker art contest

May 8, 2013 by  

Every year, the Vans sneaker company holds a Custom Culture sneaker contest. This year, students from Central Bucks High School South, the sister school of Doylestown‘s Central Bucks High School West, landed among the top 50 schools for the contest.

The idea to design the sneakers came from Jessica Fidler, who teaches fine art at the high school. Students in Ms. Fidler’s art classes designed four pairs of shoes, the themes for which were art, music, action sports, and local flavor. The students decorated sneakers donated by Vans.

A total of 1,500 schools competed. The field is currently narrowed down to 50, divided into five regions: Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, and California. There are 10 schools in each region.

The winner of the contest is determined by votes submitted online at the Vans Custom Culture website. Voting is open until May 13 and the winning schools will be notified by May 14. Five schools will be selected from online voting; one from each region. To encourage people in Doylestown and Bucks County to vote, the students could make use of poster printing to advertise their involvement.

Students from the chosen schools will get to fly to New York City, with expenses paid, where the finalists will be judged by celebrities. The winning school will receive $50,000 for art education, while each runner-up will receive $4,000 for their programs. Along with the $50,000 grand prize, another school with the best ‘Local Flavor’ design will receive $10,000 to put towards its art endeavors.