JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS GO TO STATE FINALS

Siloam Springs, Ark (March 2, 1998) — Five John Brown University students took home awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Arkansas State Finals, held Feb. 27-28 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. NATS is the largest voice organization in the country.

Paul Smith, associate professor of music, had three students place in the finals:

Chet Carpenter won first place for Senior Men Division. Carpenter is a music major and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Carpenter from Brillion, Wisc. Raquel Whisler won second place for Senior Women Division. Whisler is a music education major and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Whisler from Mexico. Josh Cottrell won third place for Sophomore Men Division. Cottrell is an engineering major and is the son of Mrs. Sue Cottrell from Siloam Springs, Ark.

Smith said, "They've worked so hard they all had very stiff competition."

Cindy Ensley, assistant professor of music, had two students place in the finals:

Melani Courts won first place for Junior Women Division. Courts is a music major and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Courts from Thornton, Colo. Amy Wood placed third for Show Tune Division. Wood is a music major and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Wood from Lebanon Mo. Chris King made semifinals and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig King from Hesston, Kan.