ETHS athletes achieve academic success

Jia You, Assistant City Editor

Evanston Township High School’s first semester grades showed student athletes achieving academic success, according to a news release from the school.

ETHS released its first semester grades in early February. The results found all members of the school’s varsity teams from the fall and winter seasons earned grade point averages above 3.0. Among the 20 teams, 14 also achieved a team GPA of 3.4 and above.

“Congratulations to our student-athletes, coaches and teachers for prioritizing academics and emphasizing the power of effort to achieve their goals on the field, in the water, on the court and, most importantly, in the classroom,” Chris Livatino, the school’s athletic director, said in the release.

The school requires all students to achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 from the previous semester to qualify for extracurricular activities such as sports, according to the release. ETHS offers a variety of academic support programs to students, including the Wildkit Academy, a free Saturday tuition program targeting specific areas at key times of the school year.

ETHS District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon said the academic results were “a credit” to all student athletes and staff.

“Here at ETHS we are communicating higher expectations and increased rigor for all students, and our students are meeting and exceeding those higher expectations,” Witherspoon said in the release. “This is a win-win for everyone at ETHS.”

The school also performed well in the past sports seasons, with the girls basketball team making the Illinois High School Association’s section semifinals.

— Jia You