MN high school's shoe designs are in the running for a $50K prize

The shoe designs for the Vans contest include a nod to First Avenue.
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A Minnesota high school is in the running for $50,000 from the shoemaker Vans to help its high school art program.

Thousands of schools from across the country registered to compete in the Vans Custom Culture art competition. They were tasked with designing Vans shoes in a way that embodies the brand's "off the wall" lifestyle – think action sports, music, art, and "local flavor," a news release says.

Northfield High School entered the contest, with designs that include a nod to First Avenue (see photo above), and made it to the top 50 – a list narrowed down from 3,000 entries.

Now Vans is asking the public to whittle things even more. You can vote online here until May 10, and five finalists will go on to compete for the $50,000 in arts funding.

Those five schools will be notified on May 11, and they'll then get a free trip to Los Angeles where their designs will be judged. The grand-prize winner will be announced at an event on June 7, with the four runners-up winning $4,000 towards their art programs.

This isn't the first time Northfield High School has entered the contest. Students from the school did it back in 2015 too, according to Northfield News. Three Minnesota high schools made it into the top 50, but none of them made it into the final five that year.

For a look at last year's finalists, click here. The winning school's shoes were recently released in stores, according to the Vans Custom Culture contest Facebook page.

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