Effort brings $50,000 for the schools art program

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge students celebrate their $50,000 victory in the Vans Custom Culture contest.Lakeridge High School students were lauded for their creative finesse at a ceremony with a national prize to the tune of $50,000 for its art program. The students found out they had won the Vans Custom Culture Contest on Tuesday evening during a ceremony at Whitney Art Museum in New York City.  Students artistically revamped four sets of canvas Vans shoes better than high schools throughout the country to net the honor. Lakeridge’s shoes will be on display at the Whitney Art Museum and could potentially be produced and sold in retail stores.

The Lakeridge art department already earned $4,000 as a finalist in the contest. Twenty Pacers and a few chaperones flew to New York to learn this week that they’d landed the top spot.

The community catapulted Lakeridge into the finals by voting for it online more than the communities of the 10 other semi-finalists in the Northwest region.

Each participating school was asked to design Vans sneakers in the categories of art, music, action sports and local flavor. The 20 students involved in the Vans art project are: Kate Kamerman, Kevin Mertz, Noelle Foden-Vencil, Stacey Strovink, Haley Bowman, Molly Zaninovich, Karalyn Gee, Keaton Weil, Leah Shearer, Elizabeth Hill, Vincent Chia, Orian Raviv, Alexx O’Boyle, Bridget Delaney, Janie Rotticci, Nicole Humphreys, McKenna Moore, Megan Johansen, Justin Goerges and Kelsey Walker. 

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