Spring Triad Events Draw More Than 2,000 to USAO
With near-perfect spring weather, more than 2,200 people flocked to the USAO campus for the Spring Triad April 1.
More than 800 artists participated in the 21st annual Montmartre Chalk Art Competition, approximately 900 students competed in the statewide high school Scholastic Meet and fans from throughout the area enjoyed the music of 10 bands during the Droverstock all-day music festival.
Artists from elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Oklahoma created 340 works of art in four hours on six-foot square drawing canvasses on the road leading through the USAO oval. Students represented 56 Oklahoma schools and colleges.
Julie Raymond and Dennis Dewey took home the Best of Show honors. Judges Choice awards were given in four different age groups.
The college/adult division award went to two entries. Receiving awards were Ember Boland and the team of Chris Castor and Shaun Ladymon.
The high school division awarded seven pieces that included the team of Regina Thomas and Alicia Findley, Hinton High School; Cheryl Pewo and Sharon Tsatoke, Anadarko High School; Payton Stein, Ethan Stedman and James Stubblefield, Ardmore High School; Matt Wilhite of Altus High School; Seth Gebhart and Lars Loren, Deer Creek High School; Christa Woods of Bethel High School, and Megan Holmgren, Frica Stillmon, Sam Baxter and Ryan Gage of Elgin High School.
Three entries scored awards in the junior high division with the team of Lacie Unah, Darian Williams, Kayla Tartsah and Courtney Stone, Anadarko Middle School; Ryan Weatherford, Altus Junior High, and Tanner Muse and Chelsea Morgan, Yukon Middle School.
One Judges Choice award was presented in the sixth grade and younger division to Emily Bowlichtel of Piedmont Middle School. A list of all the winners and photos of their work is available at usao.edu/news under "Results of the 2010 Montmartre Festival."
More than 30 high schools competed in the Scholastic Meet. In its 26th 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 South Moore High School, second, and Lindsay High School, third. Canton High School took the small school honorable mention.
A complete list of all the individual winners in the Scholastic Achievement Meet is available at usao.edu/spring-triad/contest-results.
Students and community members gathered throughout the day and evening on the oval 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 Rhoda Kaye, Theatre Breaks Loose, Anti-Mortem, Fat Boy and Lunch Wagon, Restless Ribbon, Hotel Love, F-IV Band, Shortt Dogg, Alice Awaits and The City Lives.
The 15th annual Droverstock was sponsored by the USAO Student Activities Board, the USAO Cultural and Recreation Committee, Arvest Bank, Dunn's Food Center and the National Guard.
The Spring Triad event is held annually on the first Thursday of April at USAO.