Raymondville students finalist in Vans sneaker competition

For the second time in three years, Raymondville High School students’ eye for design has taken them into a national competition.

Out of about 3,000 entries, the school is among 50 in the country competing in Vans Custom Culture’s contest.

In the Rio Grande Valley, James Pace Early College High School and La Joya High School also are vying the $50,000 grand prize that includes the company’s reproduction of the winning pair of sneakers.

In 2014, Raymondville High School was among the contest’s top 50 schools, but fell short of winning the grand prize.

“I knew I had a really good team this year,” art teacher Allison Thompson said.

This year, 10 students used folk art associated with the holiday Day of the Dead to design four Vans shoes.

“They wanted something that was popular culture and reflected their culture as well,” Thompson said.

To help the school win the contest, people can vote for the high school on a Vans website at sites.vans.com/customculture through May 11, Thompson said.