Artists and admirers mingle on the campus of USAO as part of the Spring Triad, an event that includes the Montmartre Chalk Art Competition, the Scholastic Meet and the Droverstock music festival. Campus officials estimate that more than 2,000 people visited the campus April 7 to take part in the competitions and festivities.

Spring Triad events draw more than 2,000 to USAO campus

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


With near-perfect spring weather, more than 2,000 people flocked to the USAO campus for the Spring Triad on April 7. Students from more than 75 high schools across Oklahoma visited Chickasha.

More than 750 artists participated in the 22nd annual Montmartre Chalk Art Competition, approximately 750 students competed in the statewide high school Scholastic Meet and fans from throughout the area enjoyed the music of 10 bands during Droverstock, an all-day music festival.


A gallery of images is posted online at under “photo fun.”


Artists from elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Oklahoma created 311 works of art in four hours on six-foot square drawing canvasses on the road leading through the USAO oval. In this competition, students represented 55 Oklahoma schools and colleges.


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


The college/adult division prize was awarded to the team of Zachery Williams and Cassidy Baker.


The high school division awarded five pieces that included the teams of Taylor Tucker and Kathleen Ezell, Ardmore High School; Megan Holmgren and Kayela Lynn, Elgin High School; Shauntel Cornaby, Ashly Youngblood, Ariel Ross and Amanda Dely, Mustang High School; Diego Auirino, Altus High School and Caleb Mild, Deer Creek High School.  


Four entries scored awards in the junior high division with the team of Nga Nguyen, Stephanie Pulyonpallil, Christine Thomas and Mikayla Bastan, Mustang Middle School; Jace Prough and Chase Gatrison, Altus Junior High; Kaleen Pettit and Kayla Branch, Chickasha Middle School and Tawn Neidy and Kayla Branch, Chickasha Middle School.


One Judges Choice award was presented in the sixth grade and younger division to Hunter Clemmons of Piedmont Middle School. A list of all the winners and photos of their work is available at under "Results of the 2010 Montmartre Festival."


A list of the winners and photos of their work can be found online here.


More than 30 high schools competed in the Scholastic Meet which is now in its 27th 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. Waurika High School took the small school honorable mention.


A complete list of all the individual winners in the Scholastic Achievement Meet is available at


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 Stephen and the Grizzlies, Alice Awaits, Anti-Mortem, The Composure, Tonight Alive, Before Their Eyes, This Century, Breathe Carolina and Forever the Sickest Kids, the show’s headliner.


The 16th 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 Bordwine Development, Chickasha Bank and Trust Company and the First National Bank and Trust.


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