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Local Students Make It To Top 50 In Van’s Custom Culture Contest

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(L-R: Shannon Ryan, Taylor Matsinger, Harry Fash, Paulina Iniewicz, Tiffany Gannon, Jessica Lerner and Teacher Jessica Fidler. Credit: Michelle Durham)

(L-R: Shannon Ryan, Taylor Matsinger, Harry Fash, Paulina Iniewicz, Tiffany Gannon, Jessica Lerner and Teacher Jessica Fidler. Credit: Michelle Durham)

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By Michelle Durham

WARRINGTON, Pa. (CBS) – Students from Central Bucks High School South have been named among the Top 50 finalists in Van’s Custom Culture contest, a national competition designed to inspire creativity in teens.

To say Jessica Fidler, the art teacher for Central Bucks High School, is excited would be an understatement.

“The students accomplished a lot with this project so we are thrilled to make it to the Top 50!” she says.

PHOTOS: Shoe Designs

The students designed four pairs of Vans shoes around specific themes: music, art and local flavor.

Harry Fash knows why he had to chose the art shoe.

“I’m really into the whole Japanese style that I chose to do for the shoe,” he explains.

An interesting thing about Harry is he’s color blind, so he relies on his classmates for advice and that’s where Paulina comes in. She chose the colors and painted the shoes.

“I chose a greenish, tealish blue for the dragon and then I put some gold accents for it. For the koi fish we chose orange, yellows and reds,” Pauline explains.

It took weeks of work to design and paint these shoes, but Tiffany Gannon, who designed the sport shoe, has this message for kids her own age and younger.

“If you are good at something and people make fun of you for it just go for it! It’s the only way you are going to be the best you can in life,” she says.

To vote for Central Bucks High School South, visit: www.vans.com/customculture/vote and select them!

You have until May 13th to cast a vote for them and the winning school will receive $50,000 for their art program!

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