Students from Rio Rancho High School (Rio Rancho, NM) claimed top prize on Wednesday, May 30, 2011 at the Vans Custom Culture Art & Design Showcase at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Rio Rancho’s four Vans shoe designs were initially chosen from nearly 900 submissions across all 50 states and with the top honor, Rio Rancho High School receives a $50,000 grant towards the school’s art programs. Rio Rancho High School was also honored by Journeys with a $5,000 contribution for winning the “Local Attitude” award for creating the shoes that best represented their home turf.
Celebrity judges included actress AnnaLynne McCord (The CW’s 90210), designer, television host and author Whitney Port, skate legend Tony Alva, musician Jordan Buckley of Every Time I Die, and tattoo artist Oliver Peck (Spike TV’s Ink Master). Along with the student’s masterful creations, customized shoes by Vans Custom Culture Ambassadors Conan O’Brien, Kristen Stewart, Rachel Bilson and Lauren Conrad among many others were also on display.
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