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Two THS student’s shoe art makes it into top 50 of VAN Custom Culture contest

Sea life was the star of Tomah High School student Trizia Recilles’ shoe design for the 2019 VANS Custom Culture Contest. Cranberry country was the theme of Tomah High School student Hailey Vandervort’s shoe design for the 2019 VANS Custom Culture Contest. Out of 500 schools that participated, Tomah High School beat out 450 to make it into the top 50 of the annual VANS Custom Culture Contest. This is the farthest Tomah has ever come in the contest after participating for four years, said THS art teacher Lisa Winchel. “It’s amazing,” she said. “You have this hope and you think ‘oh my gosh the (shoes) are so good,’ but you just don’t know because the competition is fierce. There are some good contenders in this bunch.” The contest aims to “inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets,” according to . The contest is a shoe design competition in which students create a unique shoe design based on one of the two themes — local flavor and Off the Wall — onto one of the provided pairs of VANS shoes, one pair per […]


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