EDISON - Students from Middletown High School South are using Sandy as inspiration for national recognition.

The group is among the top five finalists in a Vans sneaker design competition.

The students designed four pairs of sneakers in four categories: music, local flavor, art, and action sports.

Teacher Christen Tummillo says the "local flavor" shoes, which depict the Jersey Shore and how it was affected by Sandy, is the most meaningful to the students.