Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 15, 2004) - Twelve JBU students traveled to Fayetteville on Feb. 27-28 for the statewide National Association of Teachers of Singing competition at the University of Arkansas. Approximately 240 students competed at this year’s competition. Ten of JBU’s twelve participating students made it to the semi-finals. Finalists included sophomores Allison Kindscher and Liesl Mindeman and senior John Sauceda. Kindscher took first in the Sophomore division, while Mindeman took third. Sauceda placed second in the upper division Broadway category. Paul Smith, associate professor of music, is president-elect for the Arkansas NATS organization next year. He will take over responsibility for the state in 2005-2006. John Brown University is a top-tier university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 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.