Vans named Flagstaff High School from Flagstaff, Arizona as the grand prize winner of the 10th annual Vans Custom Culture art competition. Flagstaff High School generated the most votes for their designs winning $75,000 to put towards its arts program on behalf of Vans and its program partners, Journeys, Yoobi, Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) and Americans for the Arts (AFTA). The four additional finalists – Atherton High School from Louisville, Ky., New Bedford High School from New Bedford, Mass., Seneca Valley Senior High School from Harmony, Pa. and Van Wert High School from Van Wert, Ohio – will each receive $10,000 to put towards their arts programs, along with a limited-edition Vans gift.
"The Vans Custom Culture competition has been a fantastic opportunity for our students and our community,” said Principal Cullen of Flagstaff High School. “It is amazing how two of our students, Alyssa and Nicole, took it upon themselves to design and create a submission that has brought the community together to support their designs. We are grateful to Vans for the generous support of the arts at Flagstaff High School."
To celebrate each runner up of Vans Custom Culture, Steve Van Doren, shared a personalized message with each school congratulating them on their winnings. Steve and the Vans team then surprised the winners at Flagstaff High School with the $75,000 check and a school-wide BBQ to celebrate the win. Along with the surprise announcement, the students were also treated with a special guest performance by musician and singer-songwriter, K.Flay.