Flagstaff High School Students Win Big in Vans Custom Culture Design Competition

May 14, 2019

Two Flagstaff High School students brought in the top prize for a national competition to designe a custom shoe for the Vans Company.

Flagstaff High School sophomores Nicole Dougherty (L) and Alyssa Williams (R) won the 2019 Vans Custom Culture Competition
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The company says the 2019 Vans Custom Culture Contest was "created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets". The winning designs by Flagstaff sophomores Alyssa Williams and Nicole Dougherty featured the landscape of the Navajo Nation and the conversion of a pair of Vans into roller skates. There were more than 500 entries from across the nation. The win will bring $75,000 to Flagstaff High School's art department.