Parker school wins $50,000 in national competition

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Facing 3,000 schools in a competition of shoe art, Parker High School students traveled to Los Angeles to claim a first-place prize of $50,000 on Wednesday.

Five finalist schools were given an all-exclusive trip to the Vans Custom Culture art competition this week, where students could meet pro-surfer Leila Hurst and musical artist Daya.

Twenty Parker students designed the four winning pairs of Vans shoes in four different concepts: music, art, action sports and local flavor. The small-town school southwest of Sioux Falls has participated in the competition for the past four years and previously has been awarded second and third place.

“We basically worked our way to the top,” said Dave Fuller, Parker’s art teacher.

The young artists worked with Fuller since February to come up with the designs for the shoes, which, Fuller said, took “a lot of brainstorming.”

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