08May Rep. Vaupel congratulates Howell students on becoming semi-finalists in national competition Categories: Vaupel News State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township joined Howell High School in congratulating local students as they move closer to advancing to the final round of a national art competition.Howell High School has been named one of the top 50 semi-finalists in the 2017 Vans Custom Culture Art Competition. For the contest, students in the school’s advanced digital imaging class were tasked with creating four custom shoe designs based off the themes decided by Vans, an American shoe manufacturer.“This is a major achievement for Howell High School, and all the students and staff involved,” Rep. Vaupel said. “It has been great to see our community and the whole state of Michigan get behind these students and support their efforts.”As a top 50 semi-finalist, Howell’s custom designs are showcased with other finalists and the schools that receive the most public votes before May 10 will advance to the final round. Howell is the only school in Michigan named as a semi-finalist.The competition culminates in a final event in June. The top five schools based on the public vote will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to showcase their designs to a panel of celebrity judges. The winning school will receive $50,000 toward its art program and the potential of one of its designs sold in Vans retail locations. The four runner-up schools will be receiving $4,000 toward their art programs.