Wheeler High School Student Earns Finalist Spot in $10,000 Duck Tape Design Competition

Ashton Cordisco used 27 rolls of Duck Tape duct tape to design his tuxedo for the annual Duck Tape Design Competition. The recent Wheeler High School graduate spent 80 hours on the art project that could ultimately win him a $10,000 scholarship. 

Ashton earned a spot in the finals of the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest and now needs the most votes to win. He plans to use the scholarship to study fashion design at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in the fall.  

The Cobb County finalist—and the only finalist from Georgia—credits his Wheeler High School art teacher Lisa Casey for encouraging him to enter the contest.  

“She is the one who told me about this contest, challenged me, and has always encouraged me to follow my passion. For my tuxedo, I wanted to use as many colors as possible and create my own piece of wearable modern art,” Ashton explained in his contest application. “I used all deceased Masterpiece Artists as my inspiration because I wanted my creation to be classy, fun, and unique while paying respect to the great artists who have influenced so many!” 

The Cobb County art teacher has been inspiring Ashton since elementary school when he first stepped into her art class. He later got to reunite with the teacher who first helped develop his foundation of art education when Mrs. Casey once again became his art teacher at Wheeler High School.  

“The best part was sending her the pictures and video of the finished tuxedo. I’m hoping I made her proud because her passion for art is what has made me choose Design as a career, and I am so excited to be able to go to college to do what I love” Ashton said with praise in his application.  

Voting is taking place now through July 10. Go here to learn more about Ashton’s art project and do not leave before you vote.