Spring Triad events draw thousands to USAO campus

Attendees from all over Oklahoma flocked to the USAO campus on April 3 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 thousands to USAO campus


Having dodged the possibility of stormy weather, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s campus welcomed thousands of students and visitors from around the state for the yearly Spring Triad on April 3.

Eight hundred artists participated in the Montmartre Chalk Art Competition while approximately 1000 students from 40 schools competed in the statewide high school scholastic meet and fans from throughout the area enjoyed the music of nine bands during Droverstock, an all-day music festival.

Artists from elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Oklahoma created 321 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 68 Oklahoma schools and colleges.

Nga Nguyen, Christine Thomas and Kristen Butter from Mustang 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 Frances Williams and two teams of students from USAO: Sean Brown and Hailey Camp; and Kylie Clark and Courtney Kilmer.

The high school division awarded six pieces that included teams from Verden, Chickasha, Altus, Purcell and Mustang high schools.

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

Three Judges Choice awards were presented in the sixth grade and younger division to students from Bethel Middle School. A list of all the winners and photos of their work is available at

Approximately 40 high schools competed in the Scholastic Meet. Faculty gave tests in more than two-dozen categories and medals were awarded to the top five students in each contest. Four high schools took home trophies for having the most students win awards in the meet.

Southmoore High School won first place, followed by Plainview, second, and Pauls Valley, third. Navajo took the small school honorable mention.

A complete list of all the individual winners in the Scholastic 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 Horse Thief, the show’s headliner as well as other groups like Seventh Day Slumber, At The Wayside, Consumed by Fire, The Wurly Birds and Eureeka.

Droverstock was sponsored by university organizations like the Student Activities Board, Culture and Recreation Committee and Student Services as well as local businesses and organizations including Cells-U-More, Maurices and First Assembly of God.

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