Vying for the prize: Raymondville students hope to win $50K in Vans contest

RAYMONDVILLE — Smiling skeletons strumming guitars and surfing killer waves pop from the tops of sneakers of Raymondville High School students.

It’s all part of a national contest the kids have entered.

For the second time in three years, the students’ eye for dazzling design has taken the school to the top of the Vans Custom Culture’s contest.

Out of more than 2,400 entries, the school is among 50 across the country vying for a $50,000 grand prize that includes the company’s reproduction of the winning pair of sneakers.

In the Rio Grande Valley, James Pace Early College High School and La Joya High School are among the schools in the annual competition.

In 2014, Raymondville High School art teacher Allison Thompson first led her students to compete with the contest’s top 50 schools.

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