FHS VANS contest advances in NYC

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FHS Vans ContestFor all the citizens in town and friends from out of town who VOTED FOR FHS TO WIN THE VANS contest,….they won the first level!
FHS is one of the five schools that made it to the finals (as determined by online voting) and representatives will travel to New York City from June 10 – 13.
Each school will be given a travel budget to fly to New York City for the Final Event.
This event will include surprise celebrity judges who will decide which school will receive a $50,000 grand prize for their art program.
The final event will be held the evening of 6/11 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan at an exclusive invite-only event.
To sweeten the deal the deal, the four runners up will each receive $4,000 prizes for their programs too.  VANS partner, Journeys, will also be awarding prize money to the school with the best Local Flavor themed shoe in the amount of a $10,000 donation to that school’s art program.
In addition, VANS Custom Culture has expanded their partner base to include “Truth”, the nation’s largest youth smoking prevention campaign.  Truth is offering the Top 50 semi-finalist schools the opportunity to win $10,000 for their art program by customizing a skateboard deck with a design inspired by their reaction to the following ugly truth about Big Tobacco: 
As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed “covertly” contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.
Photos of the skateboard deck are due June 17.  VANS will contact the winner directly, and that school will also be flown to New York for the final event to receive $10,000 for their art program from Truth.
“We are so grateful for everyone’s support.  We could not have made it to the final round without everyone voting, posting, and passing it along to have people vote for us.  We were so blown away by the response and support we received” Mary Wise, FHS art teacher said.

            Dunn Bros held a Count Down Party on the last night of voting, HEB let  the art teachers and students hand out flyers, and other local businesses were  supportive by giving out flyers (Sonic, Stefano’s, T-Mobile, Papa John’s, Style Junkie, Buzbee Properties, Harris Remodeling/Gilbreath & Co/Peterson Commercial, Eagle Scout’s, Baybrook VANS, A+ Shipping and Friends Hair Salon, Kroger, AT & T, Shirley’s Donuts, Rancho’s, Victory Car Wash, Pizza Hut, Ky Meyer from NewsFix, The Scene Magazine, The Galveston Daily News, KSBJ, Friendswood Alumni, Friendswood Education Foundation, Edible Art by Becca Giles, parents, students, Painting With A Twist and Novel Approach).
The seven artists who were involved with the Vans shoe painting/designing project going to NYC include Diletta Sabaini, Cheyenne Fulcher, Justin Deatherage, Blake Davis, Katherine Sale, Juwayriyah Qureshi and Abby Roenne.

Teachers are Mary Wise and Mandy Harris.