Carlsbad High School (CHS) students recently participated in the Vans Custom Culture Shoes Contest. 2,000 schools nationwide took part in the contest and CHS students have been selected as semifinalists!

Vans mailed four pairs of shoes to 2000 schools, and gave art students four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports, and Local Flavor to guide their designs. The students worked hard and designed some amazing shoes, and their creations made it into the semi-finals. Only ten schools in California, and only fifty schools nationwide, made the cut.

Now CHS needs the community’s help. CHS students invite you to vote for their shoes online at

If the CHS students’ designs are selected as number one in California they will win a trip to New York City and a $4,000 award for the CHS Art Program. If Carlsbad’s Local Flavor Shoe wins, they will win $10,000. If Carlsbad’s shoe designs win the overall prize from Vans they will be awarded $50,000 for the CHS Art Department.

Since the CHS artists are now ranked in the top 10 in California, they were also recruited to design a skateboard deck for the TRUTH Campaign, an anti-smoking initiative. If they take the prize for the best skateboard deck they will be awarded another $10,000.

The deadline for voting is May 12.