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Win $50K for Your School Through the Vans Custom Culture Contest
In a time of slash and burn budget cuts to education, Vans announcement this week that one lucky high school could win $50,000 worth of relief had to surely come as welcome news to teenage skate artists and high school art teachers alike. Just in case you haven't heard about it yet, here are a few details:
About the Contest
The annual, nationwide contest is called Vans Custom Culture and it is designed to give high school students a chance to customize several pairs of Vans skate shoes in the name of raising money for their school. The contest is open to all American high schools. You have to act fast though. Registration starts February 1, 2012, and only the first 1,000 schools who sign up will be eligible to participate. Unfortunately, only high school art teachers may register for their respective schools so you better start making the plea to your teachers now. Getting approval from the school district could take time and you won't want to miss out on this opportunity due to slow moving bureaucracy. Eligible schools will be given four distinct pairs of Vans skate shoes to customize within the confines of four themes. The themes for 2012 are fashion, music, local flavor and action sports. The entries will then be examined by a panel of judges and the winning school will get a $50,000 infusion of cash for its art program. The panel of judges is always an all-star lineup. Last year legendary pro skater Tony Alva was among them. The names of the 2012 judges have yet to be released. Skate fans may expect to see it revealed sometime in May.
Source of Inspiration
If you do decide to participate in the contest you had better be prepared to bring your A-game. The competition promises to be stiff. Last year's winner, the Ward Melville High School in Long Island, New York, really set the bar high with their entries. One of them was a colorful little number with wings. Another featured a pair of shades and some bling. You can check out photos of all their submissions online to give you a little inspiration for this year. Personally, I thought all four entries were wonderful.
My children are skaters and I have a history of following the sport.
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