Vans announced the top five high schools in the ninth annual Vans Custom Culture art competition.

The top five finalists competing for the $75,000 grand prize include:

  • Fontainebleu High School (Mandeville, LA)
  • Hixson High School (Hixson, TN)
  • Larned High School (Larned, KS)
  • Middle Township High School (Cape May Courthouse, NJ)
  • Moanalua High School (Honolulu, HI)

Vans will select the grand prize-winning school during the week of May 14, with the help of a public vote, along with input from its partners including Journeys, Yoobi, Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) and Americans for the Arts (AFTA).

“The top five finalists for this year’s competition truly captured the essence of what Vans is all about –creative expression,” said Megan Klempa, Vans Custom Culture program manager. “Thanks to communities across the countries, we’re able to give even more funding to these talented students and push their talents and capabilities even further.”

The 2018 grand prize winner will receive a visit from Vans and a lunch time party at their school, filled with activities and music. At the celebration, Vans will present the school with a check for $75,000 toward future arts education programs. However, the four runners-up will not leave empty-handed as they will all receive a special, limited-edition Vans gift and $10,000 toward their school’s art program.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on the winner of the 2018 competition, visit the Custom Culture website at