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Downey High School is a finalist in a nationwide competition to design a new set of Vans.
Seven students from various art classes had less than four weeks to design and paint the shoes based on four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.
Downey High advanced to the semifinals after beating out nearly 2,000 other designs. If they beat out nine other California high schools, the seven students, art teacher Julie Joest and teacher Darrelle Nikaj will travel to New York for the finals.
The winning school receives $50,000 for their art program.
Readers can help Downey High advance by voting online at vans.com/customculture.