Four JBU Students Take Top Honors at State Music Competition

Siloam Springs, Ark (March 6, 2003) — SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - John Brown University is pleased to announce that four students took top awards during the National Association of Teachers in Singing (NATS) state competition held in Arkadelphia Feb. 27 – March 1.

The students, led by associate professor of music Paul Smith, sang and competed in various categories based on their year of study.

Matt Haney, a senior from Seymour, Mo., took first place in the Senior Men category; John Sauceda, a junior from Longview, Texas, took first place in the Junior Men category; Allie Kindscher, a freshman from Beloit, Kan., took first place for Freshmen Women and Liesl Mindeman, a freshman from Lookout Mtn., Tenn., took third place for Freshmen Women.

“We only had seven students total compete in the finals and four of them placed in the top three,” said Smith. “The fact that such a high percentage of our competitors placed, is a great statement about the caliber of our music students. I’m very proud of each one of them.”

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.