DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2017) - Three Daytona State College students have been named to the 2017 All-Florida Academic Team.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor SocietyRyan Kirby of Edgewater, Teresa Lattimore of Daytona Beach and Gilarys Garcia Milan of Deltona, all associate of arts degree majors, were recognized for their academic achievement, leadership and service to their communities.

"One of the great pleasures for me working in higher education is seeing our students recognized for their hard work, dedication and outstanding achievements," said DSC President Tom LoBasso. "Our All-Florida Academic Team honorees have set a high bar for themselves, one that will serve them well as they continue on their pathway to success, and I am proud to call them Daytona State Falcons."

The students are among 127 who were nominated from their respective Florida state colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. This year's students will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Tallahassee on April 7.

Earning a spot on the All-Florida Academic Team affords students additional scholarship opportunities at Florida universities. Additionally, these students are considered for scholarships sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, ranging in value from $1,000-$5,000, which students can use to continue their education anywhere in the nation.

"I am pleased to congratulate each of these students on receiving this tremendous honor and to thank them for the dedication they have shown to their schools and communities," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "Florida College System institutions do an excellent job providing students with educational opportunities that lead to life-long success, and this accomplishment highlights that hard work."



MORE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls nearly 25,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services/public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology, digital media, and more. 

Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans multiple times.

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Chris Thomes,

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