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West Virginia First Lady and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, is featured in the current issue of WV Focus Magazine. The article, ‘West Virginia’s Wonder Women’, is celebrating the strong women of Appalachia and acknowledging the spirit these women bring to their professions and communities. Tomblin is highlighted for her contribution to education.
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Anna James, Instructor at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been awarded second place in the West Virginia Fiction Competition. James story is titled ‘Paddle Like Hell’ and follows the Appalachian theme required by the contest. The story is about a young West Virginia expatriate who decides to come back home to West Virginia. “I'm not from WV, but this is a story that I've heard many times... the desire for people to "come home" to their hills. I love it here and feel fortunate to be able to make a living at a job that I love in a place that is physically beautiful and holds the country's warmest, most genuine people,” said James. “Because of my affection for what's become "my" state, I enjoyed the challenge of writing a story about the place.” The West Virginia Fiction Competition is a literary competition designed to encourage writers and storytellers, whose talent and ability in creative writing is distinctive and promising, and to foster an appreciation of Appalachian culture and values represented in the diverse writing of the region. It is part of Shepherd University's Appalachian HeritageLiterary Project.This year the judge was distinguished WV author and Rocket Boy, Homer Hickam. James will enjoy dinner with Hickham, his wife, and the other finalists on September 25th when her award will be presented.