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.
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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.