Seneca Valley students compete in national Vans custom art contest

May 1, 2019 Cranberry Living

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JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley School District is one of the top 50 schools in the nation, and the only school from Pennsylvania, competing in the 10th annual Vans Custom Culture Competition.

Seneca Valley High School art students' creation of two sculptural shoes were selected out of 500 schools nationwide.

“For the 'Off the Wall' theme, our concept grew from the idea that Vans shoes have always been a shoe company for creative types: artists, skateboarders, surfers, etc.,” said Jason Woolslare, senior high school art teacher. “We wanted to depict a world rendered in a pop-surrealistic style. Our concept was to use the Vans shoes in a way that would depict 'Growing the seeds of Creative Culture.' All pieces are original and handcrafted by our artistically diverse students. The 'Local Flavor' concept was designed around the theme of 'Stronger Than Hate.'

“As people living in the Pittsburgh region, we were all affected by the tragedy at The Tree of Life Synagogue. Creatively, it was difficult to express every emotion. Therefore, we decided to depict our region in the most positive way, utilizing the phrase 'Stronger Than Hate' and creating a colorful rendition of the region for which we are so proud.”

Vans' goal is to bring attention to the importance of youth creativity and self-expression by donating $75,000 toward the winning school's art program, and $10,000 to the four runners-up.

Public voting is now open through Friday. To support Seneca Valley, vote at

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