- Associated Press - Thursday, May 17, 2018

HIXSON, Tenn. (AP) - A team of students has won $75,000 for a Tennessee high school’s arts program by winning the Vans “Custom Culture” contest.

News outlets report the Vans Shoe Company planned a concert and cookout Thursday at Hixson High School to announce the victory. The national contest sought two shoe designs: one showcasing local flavor and one epitomizing the company’s slogan, “Off the Wall.”

Hixson’s local flavor entry highlighted Chattanooga landmarks and symbols, including Ruby Falls, the Delta Queen and the Tennessee River. The second design involved students building a platform to create a cavern underneath the pair, lit by fairy lights. Mushrooms dot the landscape, and a monster stands guard as moss encircles the shoes’ trim. Living plants were placed inside the shoes.

More than 500 schools nationwide applied.

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