DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 11, 2019) - Daytona State College's Spelling Bee Team brought home its 6th championship in the annual Volusia County Literacy Council's Annual Charity Spelling Bee.image of winning spelling bee team members: Jeff Ferguson, Ben Graydon, Frank Gunshanan (team member and captain), Maggie Karda, Sally MacGee, Susan Ortiz, Rachel Owens, and Augusta Thomas.

DSC students and faculty, led by team captain Frank Gunshanan, School of Humanities and Communication professor, competed against 19 teams which included Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Bethune-Cookman University, Kaiser University, The International Speedway Corporation, Halifax Health, Brown & Brown Insurance, FPL, Lourdes Academy, and Volusia United Educators, among others.

In the final round against Embry-Riddle, the team and team speaker, Augusta Thomas, prevailed with the word "contumacious."

Sponsored by the DSC Foundation, the winning team members are: Jeff Ferguson, Ben Graydon, Frank Gunshanan, Maggie Karda, Sally MacGee, Susan Ortiz, Rachel Owens, and Augusta Thomas.

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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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