May 17, 2010 15:52 ET

Tacoma's Franklin Pierce High School Runner-Up at Vans Custom Culture Art Showcase

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  Students from Franklin Pierce High School (Tacoma, WA) took home runner-up honors on Saturday evening at the Vans Custom Culture Art & Design Showcase at the Orange County Museum of Art. Pierce's four Vans shoe designs were initially chosen from 326 submissions across 48 states and with the top honor and a $10,000 grant for art programs going to New Mexico's Rio Rancho High School.

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 Jennifer Bitter's class initially was chosen for an expenses-paid trip to Southern California through a highly competitive process that narrowed the 326 schools to 20 regional finalists. The final four national finalists were chosen by nationwide online voting. The two other runners-up that also displayed at the Museum were Plainview-Old Bethpage (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 Franklin Pierce teacher Jennifer Bitter and students

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