GHS was one of 2,000 schools to enter the competition, and is now one of 50 schools the Vans staff chose to go to the semifinals.
The winning team would receive a
For the competition, Abrego's students were given four Vans shoes to design, with four categories, including art, local flavor, music and action sports to choose from.
Medrano and Zelaya said they decided to go with an exotic animal theme.
"When we put the tiger in we decided to have an animal theme," he said.
The process took the students just over three weeks, and they said getting it all to fit on the shoes took time.
"The hardest part was the tiger," Zelaya said.
With her music design,
"I like to use a lot of color," she said. "I knew what I was going to do when we started."
Norman's design has a guitar in one shoe with musical notes coming from the guitar and flowing into the other shoe.
"It took a bit because of the different layers of colors," she said.
"We were going to do skating but couldn't find a realistic way to draw it," Norman said. "This was a better concept to do."
Their design includes surfers out on the waves, including one who is in a precarious situation with a shark.
Norman drew the water and the sharks, while Nichols drew the beach and the sky portions of the art.
Norman said by each person drawing on their strengths and working together, they were able to publish a good design.
"We had to work as a team for the design to come together," he said.
Coming from a background in production design, Abrego said she uses the competition to help her students find ways to turn their art into a career field.
"The reason that I started doing the competition was it was a great lesson in the kids working together in collaboration and product design," she said. "They are funneling their creativity into a career. It's a great skill for them."
Since voting has now moved from the Vans staff to an open vote by the public, Abrego is pushing for the community to get involved to help the team.
"At this point it is a popularity contest," she said, adding the students all volunteered for the project, which does not include a grade for the extracurricular activity.
The students are also in the middle of a side competition through Vans and are decorating a skateboard with a theme from the truth.org organization's anti-smoking campaign.
The winner of that competition gets
"The students have done so well. They deserve it," she said.
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