Before the year is done, students have a Vans competition and art show

It has been a big year for Sandy High School art students. In addition to having several artists win awards throughout the year, SHS is a finalist in the Vans Custom Culture Shoe Competition.

“This is probably the best year we’ve ever had,” said Dan Shanklin, art teacher at SHS. “The kids have done a great job.”by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sandys four shoe designs are entered to win $50,000 in the Vans Custom Culture Shoe Competition.

At the Portland Regional Scholastic Art Awards, seven students earned gold key awards: Kayla Anderson, Hanna Benson, Dylan Kenny, Karlie Kitchens, Hali Morris, Sierra Noakes-Martz and Emily Walker. Kitchens, Anderson and Kenny also received silver medals at the National Scholastic Art Awards. Less than 1 percent of entries make it to the national level.

The group of students also had three first place winners at the District Art Competition: Kate Williams for watercolor, Kayla Anderson for drawing, and Emily Walker for ink and color drawing.

At the Mt. Hood Community College East County High School Art Competition, first place winners included Mikayla Lindsey, best of show; Kayla Anderson, technical skills; Hayley Pullem, emergence of a personal voice; and Emily Walker, competition use of skills. Walker also received the Culture Shaper Award and a $150 cash prize. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Home Sweet Home, by Emily Walker

Three years ago, a student handed Shanklin a flier for a Vans shoe competition. When his students showed an interest, he decided to let them enter.

The Sandy High group made the top 50 that first year and was in a close race with a school in Idaho. Sandy ended up placing second.

Once again, Sandy High has made it to the top 50, out of 2,000 schools. The four Sandy entries are up for a $50,000 prize. The winner is decided by votes.

Sandy students have made fliers to let community members know that in order to win they need votes.

To vote, go to, where you can view all four designs.

In addition to the Vans competition, students have a chance to enter another competition with a skateboard design. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Dylan Kenney, Pamela Frasier and Mikayla Lindsey work on the skateboard design for the Truth Competition.

Truth is an organization that tries to counter the lies told by big tobacco companies and raise awareness among teens. Six sophomores and one junior student are working on a design for a skateboard showing their reaction to the fact that those companies have lied to kids.

The design is due Friday, May 9.

After they finish their design for that competition, Sandy art students still aren’t done. On Tuesday, May 20, SHS is holding an Art Show and Jazz Showcase. The art show begins at 6 p.m., and the concert is at 7:30 CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - This is Love, by Dylan Kenney

Shanklin said that last year was the first time they had the art show in the classrooms and it worked really well. “That way parents can come and see the facilities,” he said.

The event is free, but donations are accepted. Refreshments will be served.

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