Vans Custom Culture Prize In Sight for Idaho High-Schoolers


Baked potato and ear of corn, extra rubber.
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  • Baked potato and ear of corn, extra rubber.

The Potato State is reppin' four pairs of kicks in a national competition with a $50,000 grand prize in sight.

After an aggressive get-out-the-vote campaign at this year's Modern Art event, the intrepid visual art students at Mountain View High School in Meridian have reached the Top Five in the Vans Custom Culture shoe design contest.

Voting for the Top 50 schools ended on May 3. Representatives from the top five schools have now won a special trip to Los Angeles, where the Willy Wonkas of the Vans world—celebrity judges Whitney Port, Tony Alva, Jordan Buckley, Oliver Peck—will select the grand prize winner on Wednesday, May 30.

Should Mountain View High nabs top honors, the kids of Laura Ritzer's art class will see $50,000 donated to the art program's coffers. Each runner-up will receive $4,000 for their school's art program.

You can peep the rest of Idaho's submissions here.