Marist High School senior Angel Ortiz won a sneaker design contest sponsored by the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Mich., garnering him a scholarship to the school’s Precollege Sneaker Design Summer Camp.
Ortiz learned about the design contest from a CCS admissions representative visiting Marist in early 2020. The inspiration for his design was a turtle shell and the challenge of creating a fully recyclable sneaker made out of waste products from the ocean. The design will not be revealed until after the summer program. It will be part of Ortiz’s own line of sneaker clothing products under the brand name SneakerNerds.
At Marist, Ortiz took Photography I and 2, and since winning the contest took design classes at CCS as they were offered online. He will attend the University of Oregon in the fall, majoring in business and minoring in product design.
Ortiz is waiting for a final decision on whether the summer program will be held in-person or online due to COVID-19. He hopes it will be in person, but says the online courses he has taken with the school have offered a great experience. “I got to meet designers that were former Adidas and Nike designers,” Ortiz said. “We worked on a project that they assigned which was designing a sneaker for your favorite athlete.”
Six students won the scholarship for the summer program. The three-week program gives high school students the chance to prepare for CCS's Product Design program where graduates have gone on to work for Nike, Adidas, and Puma.