ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — After designing some sweet shoes honoring the Roanoke Valley, students at William Byrd High School are asking for help from the southwest Virginia community so they can win $50,000 to support the school’s art program.
According to Roanoke County Public Schools, these students created custom VANS highlighting the greater Roanoke Valley — including Bedford — and serving as a tribute to VANS’ cofounder, Paul Van Doren. In the design, you can see the Roanoke Star, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the National D-Day Memorial.
Thanks to their hard work, officials tell WFXR News that the William Byrd High art students — including Morgan Kelly, Kamryn Brown, Joseph Spickard, Julie Sattah, Samantha Shrader, Lilly Kroese, McKenna Paradis, Emma Gordon, Briar Boksa, and Grace Owen — have been 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 diminishing arts education budgets. Vans believes everyone should be empowered to express themselves creatively and should be given the tools to do so. Custom Culture High School is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around the specific themes, Hometown Pride and VanD(IY)oren Legacy.
What is the VanD(IY)oren Legacy? This past year the VANS family lost it’s co-founder Paul Van Doren. An entrepreneur and innovator, his vision started 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 take on our four pillars: action sports, art, music and street culture.Event description from VANS Custom Culture Contest website
In addition, William Byrd High School says it is the only school in Virginia that made it to the top 50 in the VANS contest.
If you would like to help this Roanoke County high school win $50,000 and support their art students, follow this link to cast your vote. Online voting is currently underway through May 6, with anyone allowed to vote up to once a day.