(Lakewood) – Jimmy Choo has nothing on some Lakewood shoe designers.

Lakewood High School is one of 50 schools from across the country named finalists in Vans Custom Culture art competition that includes a grand prize of $50,000 for the winning high school’s art department.

The contest was created by Vans to inspire high school students across the United States to embrace their creativity and draw attention to the importance of art as an integral part of our schools’ focus in the face of shrinking budgets.

The contest started off with 1,500 schools and is now down to the top 50 from five different regions. Lakewood High School one of 10 schools selected in the Northeast Region, which includes 16 states.

Students decorated four pairs of blank white canvas Vans in four themes:





A nationwide voting contest will determine the winner, which will receive $50,000. The top five vote-getters will be invited to New York City for an awards ceremony. Runner-ups will also receive money for their art departments.

How can you vote? Go to www.vans.com/customculture, click on “Vote Now” then click on Northeast Region and select Lakewood High School.

Voting ends May 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Congratulations to the students who created the shoe designs: Lorna Barimi, Grace Dwyer, Aaron Kovach, Katie Millman, Jazmyn Paoli, Raychele Paul, Chelsea Presock, and photographer Paige Olszewski.

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(Copyright © 2013 by Clear Channel, all rights reserved. Photos by Paige Olszewski/Lakewood High School)