Amanda W., an 8th grade student from Victor Herbert Elementary, was the winner of the first nationwide Skechers Foundation All-Star Design Competition.
Last school year, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) partnered with Skechers to offer a unique opportunity to participants: through the creative process of designing a shoe, students would learn about the mechanics of footwear, product design and potential careers through a sneaker design competition. All 12 chapters of After-School All-Stars participated in the competition, including over 100 students from Chicago representing 10 CPS elementary schools.
Students across Chicago and the U.S. submitted their designs to the Skechers executive design team, which selected Chicago's Near West Side resident Amanda as the best design in the nation. In addition, Tanesha D from Westcott and Michaela L from Oriole Park were two of five national finalists.
Amanda was presented with a frame of her design, a gift certificate for Skechers apparel and a custom made pair of Skechers shoes created with her original design. The award was presented at the ASAS fall professional development session in front of an audience including Amanda's grandmother, brother and nearly 200 After-School All-Stars coordinators. Presenting the award were Alex Kruse and Saray Mahmud, National Youth Advisory Board members, and Aaron Dworkin, Executive Vice-President National Network, After-School All-Stars.
While accepting the award, Amanda told the crowd she first struggled to come up with a design, but with the support and encouragement of her instructor, Lori Watson, she built the confidence to create the winning design. The ceremony was an inspiring reminder of the importance of after-school opportunities, and Amanda exited the stage to a room full of cheers and congratulations. Tanesha and Michaela also received framed artwork of their designs and gift certificates in recognition of their work.
CPS congratulates Amanda, Tanesha and Michaela for their success and all CPS students who entered the competition.