Hixson High School students are in the running to win $75,000. (Photo: Contributed)

A team of Hixson High School students made it to the public voting stage in a national competition for iconic shoe company, Vans.

The students created shoes decorated with beloved, recognizable Chattanooga scenes, including Ruby Falls, Rock City, the Incline Railway, the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Point Park, and cultural icons like the Delta Queen and the Cherokee Water Spider.

The Tennessee River also runs through both shoes, bringing them together.


The students made it to the top 50 in Vans Custom Culture competition and now they are in the running to win $75,000 for the school’s art program.

The students involved in decorating the shoes were Charlie Dickerson, Alia Smith, Michaela Roberts, Logan Summers, Addison Flannigan, Luke Pfennig, Jade Sharp, Amy Gonzales, Sarah Bargerstock, Josh Green, Tori Gifford, Jocelyn Salter, Suhani Patel, Amanda Lin and Devin Goforth.

Now the students need the community’s help to win. Voting is open through May 4.

Participants can vote once a day.