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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Vans art entry wins top 50 spot; students use social media to get votes


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Students (from left) Susan Neff, Peter Houser and Jacob Herman sat in the bleachers at a school assembly on April 25 and used their school laptops to navigate to the Vans Custom Culture shoe design contest website to vote for Wrangell High School's entry. Five art students designed two pairs of shoes to reflect the culture of Wrangell, and the entry is among the top 50 finalists nationwide for cash prizes for school art programs. Online voting ends Friday.

High school students were urged to use their smartphones and laptops during an assembly for once.

It was announced last Monday that the painted and decorated shoes entered into the Vans Custom Culture design contest had won Wrangell High School a spot in the national top 50 and a chance at $50,000.

Staff and students are calling on family, friends, neighbors and the online universe to go to, click the "VOTE NOW" button and choose Wrangell. Public voting closes at 4 p.m. Alaska time this Friday.

"We get $500 for our class (in the school budget) to get what we...

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