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Darton State College Student Wins First Place in Literary Competition

September 19, 2012

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 PhiTheta Kappa, and is an officer in Sigma Kappa Delta, Darton’s English Honors Society.

About Darton State College

Since 1966, Darton State College has been a leader in providing quality educational opportunities and services to Southwest Georgia. Darton offers a variety of programs, including a new Bachelor of Science inNursing, 87 associate degrees, 36 certificate programs, and 40+ online programs. Today, Darton is home to more than 6,000 students with over 155 international students from 40 countries. Darton State College, a public institution, is part of the University System of Georgia and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

About Porter Fleming Literary Competition

The Porter Fleming Literary Competition honors the memory of Porter Fleming, one of Augusta, Georgia’s leading citizens and philanthropists. The competition is administered, with the support of the Porter Fleming Foundation, by the Morris Museum of Art. Writers age 18 and older who reside in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina are invited to enter each year. The Porter Fleming Literary Competition consists of four categories – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and one-act play – and dispenses $7,000 in cash awards.

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