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Elgin students participate in Vans Custom Culture Contest

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    Fine Arts teacher Mandissa Martinez (left) and student Jami Robledo (right) hold shoes designed by Elgin High School students for the Vans Custom Culture Competition. Photo by Shelbie Leffler

During this school year, Elgin High School was selected to participate in the Vans Custom Culture Contest.

EHS was selected upon submitting an entry into the contest. The premise of the competition is that students from high school art classes all across America customize Vans brand shoes, and the top 50 designs are voted on, online, by the public. The competition’s purpose is to help schools fund their arts programs.

The designs of the shoes this year revolved around the themes “Off the Wall” and “Local Flavor.”

“We did not make the top fifty out of the 500 schools for public voting, but either way, it is still a big accomplishment for our students here at EHS,” said Mandissa Martinez, art teacher at Elgin High School.

The 20 students who helped design the shoes were Cassady Davis, Maria Galvez, Elias Sanchez, Devin Schultz, Karen Add-auto, Marysol Flores, Juan Jaramillo, Liam Littlefield, Steven Rivas, Rubicela Jaimes, Christian Carlos, Susana Aguinaga, Rena Mitchell, Jami Robledo, Madison Day, Isabella Guerra, Julia Saucedo, Skylar White, Erimaz Williams and Alondra Zavala.