May 5, 2014 2:25 PM by Faye DeHoff
TUCSON - A local school is one of 50 finalists in the country - and the only Arizona school - vying to win $50,000 for its sneaker designs.
St. Gregory College Preparatory School is hoping to win the money for its art department.
The school is a finalist in the Vans Custom Culture contest, a national high school shoe customization contest in which schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for their art programs. Registered schools received four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized in four themes - art, music, action sports and local flavor, said Virginia Encila, who teaches art to St. Gregory upper school students.
The winning schools will be selected based in part on online public voting at www.vans.com/customculture. Voting is open through May 11.
The top five finalists will be flown to New York City where the winner will be selected. The grand prize-winning school will receive a $50,000 award for their art program and the chance for their shoes to be produced and sold in Vans' retail stores. The four runner-up schools will also receive money for their art programs.
Winners will be announced in June.