Arizona School competing to win $50,000 in Vans Custom Culture Contest


by Alice Kleinpeter

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 6:15 AM

PHOENIX -- One Valley high school is in the running to win $50,000, but they need your help.

Sandra Day O’Connor High School is among the top 50 schools competing in the Vans Custom Culture Contest for a chance to win money for their high school's art programs.

Joey Bombaci of Sandra Day O’Connor High School is one of the students who were asked to design shoes for his school.

“I had the action sports theme so I decided to go with surfing,” said Bombaci. “Part of my family is from California so I thought I related a little bit more to surfing so that’s why I chose that.”

Each school that is registered to compete received four pairs of blank Vans that would be customized in four different themes – art, music, action sports and local flavor.

The top five schools will fly to New York City for the final event where surprise celebrity judges will decide the winner. The grand prize winner will receive $50,000 for their school's art program and the chance for their shoes to be produced and sold in Vans’ retail stores.

The public can vote online through May 13.

“Last year O’Connor didn’t make it so this has been pretty special for us this year and we would really like to try and go to New York to win this thing..bring something back to O’Connor,” he said.

Go to and click on the Southwest Region to vote.

Four Arizona schools made it to the top 50. They are Mountain View High School, Tucson Magnet School, Chandler High School, and Sandra Day O’Connor.

Vans Custom Culture art competition is in its fourth year and since it first started it has awarded more than $175,000 for high school art programs. 

For more information visit the Vans Custom Culture page.