ETHS students and staff (from left) ETHS Math Department Chair Dale Leibforth, Nolan Robinson (standing), Cypher Eason, ETHS College & Career Coordinator Beth Arey (standing), Jazmin Garcia, Lydia Kenyon, and Amy Williams meet throughout the school year to facilitate teamASAP progress. Photo by Lynn Trautmann/LTPhoto Evanston

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Evanston Township High School District 202 has been named a first-place winner in the under 5,000 enrollment category in the 22nd annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal.

The ETHS teamASAP (team Access & Success in Advanced Placement) program was named a winner in the national recognition program that honors school board best practices and innovative programs that advance student learning.

The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities. An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from nearly 250 submissions.

“The Magna Award is a prestigious national award recognizing our outstanding ETHS School Board and the teachers and staff,” said ETHS District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. “Our school board has written and adopted a vital Equity and Excellence guiding statement, supported ongoing restructuring so all students will benefit from our best learning opportunities, and has articulated clear goals and measures to assure that ETHS is accountable for successful outcomes for all students in this beautifully diverse school.”