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Sandy is only Oregon high school to reach final round of competition for $50,000 prize

COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY HIGH SCHOOL  - Sandy High artists have entered the Vans Custom Culture Contest for the past eight years. Sandy High artists have found success again in the Vans Custom Culture Contest and are now in the top 50 schools. Sandy is the only Oregon high school to make it this far.

The focus of the Vans Custom Culture Contest is "to bring to the forefront an awareness of the importance of arts education to the overall skill development of our students," said Oregon Trail School District representatives in a statement. Vans has invested more than $1 million in high school art programs nationwide since launching the contest in 2010.

Sandy High art teacher Dan Shanklin has had students enter the Vans contest for the past eight years. COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY HIGH SCHOOL  - Sandy High is the only Oregon high school to place in the top 50 schools in the Vans Custom Culture Contest.

"I really enjoyed being part of a project that has the ability to impact our school and the community," said Cinthya Bautista, a third-year art student at Sandy High School. "It was great being able to collaborate with my classmates and bring our creative minds together to give back to the community that fosters and advocates for artistic enrichment."

About 2,000 high schools participate in the contest every year and 250 are initially chosen to design two different ideas for Vans shoes. This year's themes were "Hometown Pride" and "Head in the Clouds." From these designs and impact statements from each school about how they'd use the prize of $50,000, Vans chose 50 schools, including Sandy High.

The next step in the contest asks the public to act as judges and vote for their favorite designs. Through May 7, you can vote for your school's design to get them closer to the prize. COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY HIGH SCHOOL  - The themes for this years contest were Hometown Pride and Head in the Clouds.

The top five schools will be awarded $15,000 each. The top school is selected and awarded $50,000 for its art department at a final virtual ceremony.

You can vote online once per IP address per day.


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