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Student Wins First Place in Literary Competition

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Darton State College student Heather Herbert, of Cumming, was awarded first place in the non-fiction category of the 2012 Porter Fleming Literary Competition.

Herbert's award-winning submission, "Bloodline," details a life-threatening situation she experienced while giving birth to her daughter, and the efforts the doctors went through to save her life. Herbert originally wrote the piece for her creative writing class and attributes this honor to Professor Elizabeth Gassel-Perkins.

"This would not have happened without Darton's wonderful English professors and my Phi Theta Kappa advisor, Assistant Professor Frank Malinowski. All have been amazingly encouraging," said Herbert.

This is not the first time Herbert has been honored for her literature; recently, she also was awarded the Reynolds Scholarship for her submission, "The Place of Women in Society." Since becoming a student at Darton Herbert has received many academic achievements, including a 2012 Academic Recognition Student, 2012 Outstanding Student in English, an All-USA and All Georgia Award nominee, and a Humanities Division scholarship recipient.

Currently, Herbert is a dual major in English and history. She previously earned an A.S. in Psychology from Darton. Even though Herbert is a fully online student and a mother of three, she stays very active with Darton. She is Vice President of Online and Regional Secretary for Phi Theta Kappa, and is an officer in Sigma Kappa Delta, Darton's English Honors Society.

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