Vans Custom Culture, 2014 National Champions

Top Row: Ryan Castaneda, Nicholas Morris, Trevor Amestoy, Julie Nyugen
Upper Middle Row: Esteban Garcia, Evelyn Pope, Jordan Williams, Angel Griego, Josiah Concho, Jacob Peck
Lower Middle Row: Angela Tafuro, Nikki Jackson, Erin Woolley, Dana Sharp, Nicholas Tarufo, Alina Pozas, Julianna Sy
Bottom Row: Matthew Lutz,
Jahnise Jojola, Jacob Lutz
Not Pictured:
Hayley Davidson

In 2014, twenty students from Rio Rancho High School competed against teams from 2179 registered high schools across the United States to win the 5th annual Vans Custom Culture shoe design contest for a third time.

In the first round of the contest, Vans selected the top 10 schools in each region. Round two involved an intense online voting campaign; Rio Rancho emerged as number one in the Southwest. At the final round in New York City, a panel of celebrity judges awarded Rio Rancho the grand prize of $50,000, and the team got to see the national award-winning shoes featured on the Today Show. Upon returning home, the prize money was shared among all K-12 visual art teachers in Rio Rancho Public Schools, and all Fine Arts teachers at Rio Rancho High School.

Vans fully funded all the transportation, accommodations, food, entertainment, and other expenses for the trip from Albuquerque to NYC for team members and chaperones; it was amazing! The Local Flavor shoe was reproduced by Vans and was sold in select Vans stores accross the United States. The experience would have been impossible without the artistically gifted and hard working students of Rio Rancho, the support of the local community, and God's blessing. Thank you for an amazing journey, Vans!

 

Rio Rancho, Vans Custom Culture, Action Sports Shoes

 

Rio Rancho, Vans Custom Culture, Art Shoes

 

Rio Rancho, Vans Custom Culture, Local Flavor Shoes

 

Rio Rancho, Vans Custom Culture, Music Shoes

 

Rio Rancho Vans Team on the way to NYC

 

Gene Kimura and Esteban Garcia

 

Alina Pozas

 

Vans Team enjoying Korean burritos

 

Evie Pope

 

JJ Jojola and Julianna Sy

 

Times Square

 

Josiah Concho, Jacob Peck, and Angel Griego

 

Rio Rancho Vans Team in Central Park

 

Vans Custom Culture Final Event

 

Jacob Lutz with the 2010 Vans Custom Culture shoes in NYC

 

The 2012 Vans Custom Culture shoes in NYC

 

Jordan Williams: 2012 and 2014 Vans Custom Culture National Champion
Evie Pope: 2012 and 2014 Vans Custom Culture National Champion
Jacob Lutz: 2010, 2012, and 2014 Vans Custom Culture National Champion

 

Jordan Willians and Josiah Concho at the Vans Custom Culture Final Event

 

2014 Vans Custom Culture National Campions

 

Alina Pozas with $50,000 check from Vans!

 

Rio Rancho Vans Team opens the Vans Custom Culture box of white shoes

 

Vans Custom Culture, a blank canvase

 

A work session in Fine Arts 102

 

Josiah Concho presents his design for the local flavor shoes

 

Hayley Davidson reviews design ideas

 

Alina Pozas, Vans Custom Culture

 

Angel Griego, Vans Custom Culture

 

Angela Tafuro, Vans Custom Culture

 

Dana Sharp, Vans Custom Culture

 

Erin Wooley, Vans Custom Culture

 

Esteban Garcia, Vans Custom Culture

 

Evie Pope, Vans Custom Culture

 

Hayley Davidson, Vans Custom Culture

 

Jacob Lutz, Vans Custom Culture

 

Jacob Peck, Vans Custom Culture

 

JJ Jojola, Vans Custom Culture

 

Jordan Williams, Vans Custom Culture

 

Josiah Concho, Vans Custom Culture

 

Julianna Sy, Vans Custom Culture

 

Julie Nyugen, Vans Custom Culture

 

Nick Morris, Vans Custom Culture

 

Nick Tafuro, Vans Custom Culture

 

Nikki Jackson, Vans Custom Culture

 

Ryan Castaneda, Vans Custom Culture

 

Trevor Amestoy, Vans Custom Culture

 

Digital design for Rio Rancho High School production shoes

 

Rio Rancho High School production shoes

 

Shoe Party with the amazing 2014 Vans Team