Shoe Design by Roanoke Co. High Schoolers Reaches Top 50 in VANS Contest


ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – After designing cute shoes honoring the Roanoke Valley, students at William Byrd High School are asking for help from the Southwest Virginia community to win $50,000 to support the school’s arts program.

According to Roanoke County Public Schools, these students created custom VANS showcasing the greater Roanoke Valley — including Bedford — and serving as a tribute to VANS co-founder Paul Van Doren. In the design, you can see the Star of Roanoke, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the National D-Day Memorial.

Thanks to their hard work, officials told WFXR News that art students at William Byrd High – including Morgan Kelly, Kamryn Brown, Joseph Spickard, Julie Sattah, Samantha Shrader, Lilly Kroese, McKenna Paradis, Emma Gordon, Briar Boksa and Grace Owen – were named among the top 50 finalists in the VANS Custom Culture Contest.

Vans High School Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and bring attention to shrinking art education budgets. Vans believes that everyone should be able to express themselves creatively and should have the tools to do so. Custom Culture High School is a national high school customization contest using blank Vans shoes to customize around the specific themes, Hometown Pride and VanD(IY)oren Legacy.

What is VanD(IY)oren inheritance? Last year, the VANS family lost co-founder Paul Van Doren. An entrepreneur and innovator, his vision began in Southern California and now spans the globe. Everything Paul did for the brand was driven by authenticity and his Off The Wall spirit. Contribute to Paul Van Doren’s legacy by showing your DIY perspective on our four pillars: action sports, art, music and street culture.

Description of the event on the VANS Custom Culture contest website

Additionally, William Byrd High School claims it is the only school in Virginia to have reached the top 50 in the VANS competition.

If you want to help this Roanoke County high school win $50,000 and support its art students, follow this link to vote. Online voting is currently underway until May 6, with anyone allowed to vote up to once a day.

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