Moanalua High is among the top 50 teams in the country (10 from each of five regions) from among more than 1,000 entries. Moanalua High is in the Southwest Region for the competition and online votes can be cast at www.vans.com/customculture/vote through 11:59 p.m. EST (5:59 p.m. Hawaii time) on Monday, May 13.
The nine students on the Moanalua High team are Analise Austin, Raymond Feliciano, Jorjiane Guasch, Cayli Hirata, Sun Lee, Jonathan Rosen, Troy Souza, Erin Voss and Dylan White. Rosen has been on the team for the past three years. The team is led by art teacher Jeff Fujimoto, who has been at Moanalua for nine years.
One team from each of the country’s five regions will be invited to the finals at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City in May. The winning school will receive $50,000 for its art program and the chance for the students’ designs to be produced and sold in Vans’ retail stores. The four runner-up schools will also receive money for their art programs.