LANCASTER – Eastside High School’s Advanced Graphic Design class has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Annual Van’s Custom Culture Contest, a national high school shoe customization contest where schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for their art programs.
This year’s competition included 1,500 U.S.-based public or private high schools. Registered schools received four pairs of blank Vans sneakers to be customized in four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.
The Eastside art students worked long hours to sketch, design, develop, and apply their ideas, according to their teacher Joshua A. Patterson.
“These kids worked hard, giving up Saturdays and a couple of days of their spring break to come to school and work,” Patterson wrote in an email.
Their hard work paid off.
The Eastside High School students were selected in the top 50 nationwide and the top 10 in California. They now need your online vote to advance to the next stage of the competition.
If selected as one of the top five finalists, the students will receive a paid trip to New York for the finals, a chance at $50,000 for the school’s Art Department, multiple other prizes and a chance to have the shoes they designed sold in stores.
“It all depends on votes now. So we can use all the help we can get,” Patterson said.
To place your online vote now, go to http://www.vans.com/customculture/vote/ and vote in the California Division for EASTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL.
Voting ends May 13, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.