Spring Triad events draw 2200 to USAO campus

An estimated 2200 attendees from all over Oklahoma flocked to the USAO campus on April 5 for the university’s annual Spring Triad event that includes the Montmartre Chalk Art competition, Scholastic Meet and the Droverstock music festival.

Spring Triad events draw 2200 to USAO campus



With a hint of spring chill in the morning air, more than 2200 people flocked to the USAO campus for the Spring Triad on April 5. Students from 74 high schools across Oklahoma visited Chickasha.


A record 943 artists participated in the 23rd annual Montmartre Chalk Art Competition while approximately 800 students from 35 schools competed in the statewide high school scholastic meet and fans from throughout the area enjoyed the music of 11 bands during Droverstock, an all-day music festival.


Artists from elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Oklahoma created 410 sidewalk chalk art murals in four hours on six-foot square drawing canvasses on the road leading through the USAO oval. In this competition, students represented 59 Oklahoma schools and colleges.


Diego Quirino from Altus High School took home the Best of Show honors. Judges Choice awards were given in four different age groups.


The college/adult division prizes were awarded to Kayla Lynn, Gavin Otteson and Carrie Chavers.


The high school division awarded eight pieces that included teams from Cache, Mustang, Lindsay, Ardmore, Elgin, Purcell and Altus high schools.

Five entries scored awards in the junior high division including teams from Mustang, Anadarko and Rush Springs.


Three Judges Choice awards were presented in the sixth grade and younger division to teams from Eisenhower and Piedmont.


More than 35 high schools competed in the Scholastic Meet. In its 28th year, faculty presented testing in more than two-dozen categories and awarded the top five students in each. Four high schools took home trophies for having the most students win awards in the meet.


Mustang High School won first place for academic achievements, followed by Deer Creek in Edmond, second, and Lindsay, third. Elmore City-Pernell took the small school honorable mention.


Students and community members gathered on the oval throughout the day and evening for the Droverstock music festival. Vendor booths offered food and many activities, while bands from across the state rocked the stage with more than 10 hours of live music.


Bands and performers featured in Droverstock included Stardeath and the White Dwarfs, the show’s headliner as well as other groups like Deer People, Horse Thief, The Economy, Carousel Revolt and Alice Awaits.


The 20th annual Droverstock was sponsored by university organizations like the Student Activities Board, Cultural and Recreation Committee, Student Government and Student Services as well as local businesses including Cells-U-More, Arvest Bank and Bordwine Development. Additional support was provided by the Grand Assembly of God, Quiznos and the Mosley Agency.


The Spring Triad event is held annually on the first Thursday of April at USAO.