Bassett High School among the Top 50 schools advancing in national Vans design competition

Southside Virginia News

(Images courtesy of Bassett High School).

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A team of art students at Bassett High School (BHS) is competing with 50 other groups to be named the Vans Custom Culture Top 50.

Students in Mercedes Fleagle’s art class have worked during the pandemic to design shoes that meet the Custom Culture contest themes of Hometown Pride and Head in the Clouds.

Following their concept submissions, students learned they were in the top 250 in the nation and were sent five pairs of Vans with the task of creating two full pairs of shoes based on the contest themes.

The group recently learned they are in the top 50 across the country and have the opportunity to win $50,000 for their school’s art program if they win the popular vote.

Students Caroline Adkins and Lauren Carter shared that the BHS program would use the funds to enhance the art experience for students for years to come by allowing the addition of new equipment to their classroom as well as funding for student visits to galleries and artists in residence experiences.

Four finalist schools will earn a $15,000 grant for their art program and all student artists would receive a pair of Vans shoes.

As only one of two Virginia schools to be in the top 50, Bassett High School students are excited to have the community’s support.

Anyone wishing to support the school can click here and select Bassett High School and enter their email address to vote.

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