May 17, 2010 15:26 ET

Rio Rancho High School Claims Top Prize at Vans Custom Culture Art Showcase at the Orange County Museum of Art

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  Students from Rio Rancho High School (Rio Rancho, NM) claimed top prize on Saturday evening at the Vans Custom Culture Art & Design Showcase at the Orange County Museum of Art. Rio Rancho's four Vans shoe designs were initially chosen from 326 submissions across 48 states and with the top honor, Rio Rancho High School will receive a $10,000 grant towards the school's art programs.

Celebrity judges included actress Nikki Reed (Twilight, Lords of Dogtown), skate legend Tony Alva, Keith Morris of Black Flag and Circle Jerks, painter Greg "Pnut" Galinsky and Kristina Dechter, Editor-in-Chief of Foam magazine.

Teacher Matthew Lutz's Rio Rancho class initially was chosen for an expenses-paid trip to Southern California through a highly competitive process narrowing the 326 schools to 20 regional finalists and then to the final four national finalists chosen by nationwide online voting. The three runners-up that also displayed at the Museum were Franklin Pierce High School (Tacoma, WA), Plainview-Old Bethpage High School (Plainview, NY) and Eastern High School (Louisville, KY).

HD video from the event downloaded via ftp is available at:
(Requires FTP software such as FileZilla, CyberDuck, Fetch or Transmit)
pass: 19vans66
path: public / outgoing1 / CUSTOM CULTURE VNR

Images for download available at:


  • Striking shoe designs that were chosen from more than 1,000 entries for display and final consideration
  • Interviews with celebrities Nikki Reed, Tony Alva, Keith Morris and Vans' Steve Van Doren
  • Interviews with Rio Rancho teacher Matthew Lutz and students

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