Vans announces Top 50 Custom Culture semi-finalists! Vote now

These aren't your average pair of shoes.

Vans just announced the top 50 semi-finalists for the ninth annual Custom Culture Competition -- and let's just say, competition is high. This year's competition saw more than 500 high school hopefuls, all vying to win $75,000 for their school's art program.

Young artists across the country were commissioned with two pairs of blank Vans shoes, tasked with illustrating the themes of "Local Flavor" and "Off the Wall." Students also had to explain how the prize money would be put to use and benefit their local community.

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Semifinalists for Vans' Custom Culture
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Semifinalists for Vans' Custom Culture
Angelo Rodriguez High School
Sussex Technical High School
Sweeny High School
Bel Air High School
Switzerland County High School
Tonkawa Public School
Onsted High School
Greenburgh Eleven
Atlantic Coast High School
Harrisville Central School
Hiwassee Dam High School
Blake High School
Hixson High School
Brazoswood High School
Clearview High School
Dexter Regional High School
Dixie Heights High School
Fontainebleau High School
Friendswood High School
Biglerville High School
Blair Oaks High School
Canyon Crest Academy
Brainerd High School
Edon High School
Beloit Memorial High School

"Vans Custom Culture reinforces our commitment to fueling the next generation's creative minds and opens pathways for brighter and more colorful futures," explained Megan Klempa, manager of the program

With the top 50 semifinalists selected from around the country, Vans is allowing the public to vote for the top 5 finalists. The four other runner-ups will each receive $10,000 for their school -- but voting closes May 4th, so make sure you cast your vote for your favorite pair of shoes here

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