Eight SM North students putting their shoe designs in national contest

Some of the custom shoes designed by SM North students for the Vans contest.
Some of the custom shoes designed by SM North students for the Vans contest.

Eight SM North students were selected to compete in the Vans Custom Culture Contest that later this month will select 50 winners from about 3,000 high schools.

Students at SM North prepared designs and the eight were selected to bring the designs to life. Vans sends four pairs of blank Vans to the school to be customized around four themes: art, music, action sports (boards and bikes) and local flavor. Each shoe has a different theme.

The artists selected to represent SM North were: Justin Price, Brianna Pingleton, Georgia Halloway, Giselle Almodovar, Katherine Cunningham, Destiney Dull, Annie SInsel and Samantha Star. Emily Patterson is the art teacher.

The winning schools in the contest get $50,000 for the arts program and the artists get a trip to New York City. The winners also have a chance for their designs to be sold in Vans retail stores.

The event was created to inspire and empower high school student to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets in many schools.