By Sam Jack
Jennifer Kunz, a special education teacher at Conway Springs High School, is in the running to sing the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo, this December in Las Vegas.
She is among the finalists whose performances of the anthem were posted online at www.nfrexperience.com/nfr-national-anthem-2018. Members of the public have this Thursday, Sept. 13, to vote for their favorite singer to advance to the next round in the competition.
The video Kunz submitted was of herself singing at a Thunder hockey game last winter. She has also sung at rodeos, sporting events and demolition derbies.
“I just take a lot of pride in it; I enjoy doing it,” Kunz said. “I like to sing.”
Kunz’s children are involved in rodeo, and her son, Brayden, competed in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo this summer. She also is a rodeo secretary. So she’s pretty involved in the rodeo world, but has never been to the National Finals Rodeo, the most prestigious rodeo event in the country.
Beyond the national anthem, Kunz enjoys singing country music. She has sung at school from time to time.
“Some of my students know I sing, some don’t, and they’re always kind of surprised,” Kunz said. “It’s that ‘my teacher isn’t just a teacher’ thing, so it’s kind of fun.”