JBU Students Place at NATS Competition

Siloam Springs, Ark (March 12, 1999) — Seven John Brown University students and one local high school student qualified to semifinals or finals at the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition at Harding University on March 5 and 6. Students from Arkansas competed in this regional competition.

Junior Josh Cottrell, son of Mrs. Sue Cottrell of Siloam Springs, Ark., placed first in the junior men’s division. He is a student of JBU assistant professors of music Paul Smith and Cindy Ensley.

Seth Primm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Primm of El Dorado, Ark., placed second in the freshman men’s division. Seth, too, is a student of Smith and Ensley.

Liesl Mindeman, daughter of Tad and Barbara Mindeman of Siloam Springs, Ark., placed second in the high school division. She is a tenth-grade, home school student. Mindeman is a private student of Cindy Ensley, JBU assistant professor of music.

Semifinalists in the competition include seniors Raquel Whisler and Roberto del Cid as well as freshmen Kate McCaskill and Veronica Smith.

Since 1919, John Brown University, an interdenominational, Christian university, has provided top-quality Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on training the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,400 students from over 44 states and 38 countries.

For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building colleges. The University has also been repeatedly included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.