Jacob Clanton, a junior at Conway Christian School and a voice student of Shannah Cummings at Faulkner Academy of Arts in Conway, earned first place in High School Musical Theatre division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Regional Conference Nov. 8-10 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

The association comprises more than 200 voice professionals from the states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The conference included workshops, seminars, master classes and student auditions for high school and college vocalists.

Clanton also earned first place at the 2012 Arkansas NATS State Conference back in February, in the High School Musical Theatre division. He was a sophomore — his first time to compete in a NATS competition.

Clanton is no stranger to the stage, he began singing and acting in local musicals and plays when he was 8 years old. By the time he was 12, he had moved into more professional productions and was working with the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. With close to 50 productions under his belt, including "Big River," "Les Misérables," "Oliver! The Musical," "The Sound of Music," "Once Upon A Mattress" and the Rep’s productions of "That 80’s Show," "Review the Revue," "Follie Hollidays" and "Singin’ On A Star."