Heights High School and Rebecca Bass’s tribute to Prince, “Purple Reign,” took home the top prize at the 2017 Art Car Parade, winning the Mayor’s Cup Grand Trophy and $2,000.
It was one of several big HISD winners at this year’s 30th anniversary of the popular parade, which was held Saturday, April 8 in downtown.
“The Chronicles of Northside” by Northside High School, with Ann Bass, won a trophy and third place. The car was covered in yearbook photos to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary.
“The Hyppalectryon’s Candy Dream” by Frank Black Middle School, with teachers Julon Pinkston and Sarah Reavis, tied for Best Youth Group car and won a Grand Trophy and $1,000. Their confection creation was covered in sweets.
“Noble Energy Truck” by Energy Institute High School, Noble Energy, and Julian Luna and Matt Fries won first place for Best Commercial Entry. The vehicle’s cubes are lined with LED lights, making the entire truck light up.
As usual, many HISD students took part with cars, trucks, motorcycles, and scooters they had worked on for weeks.
“The AIMS Flying Globe” by Arabic Immersion Magnet School featured a globe flying atop an owl and school families dressed to represent different cultures in a celebration of diversity.
Hamilton Middle School had two entries. “The Morphoenix,” a 2007 Yamaha Morphous 250cc scooter, was designed by Hamilton eighth-grader Luis Morales and transformed by Ms. Hernandez’s art classes.
“Puzzles and Pi,” a 2013 Stella Automatic scooter, was designed by the Hamilton SLC autism class with variations of mathematics included by Ms. Burkholder’s math classes. It was put together with the help of Ms. Hernandez’s art students.
Houston Academy of International Studies submitted “Faith, Fate, Fragility,” which uses the cycle of the butterfly as a metaphor for the transitions and challenges of life.
Lovett Elementary School‘s “5-4-KEY-2-1!!!!!” was covered in — you guessed it — keys, and had a music blaring as it rolled through the parade.
Meyerland Performing & Visual Arts Middle School‘s entry was two-for-one: “The Bat Jeep” pulled along “The Duckmobile, ” which was filled with cheering students.