May 5 23

FHSAA Ranks SSES No. 1

Saint Stephen’s continues to be an example of a school that successfully balances outstanding academics and championship-level athletics. On May 4, the Florida High School Athletic Association announced its Academic Team Champions in all classifications for the 2022-23 school year, and Saint Stephen’s ranks No. 1 overall in Class 2A. Schools receive points based on the cumulative grade point averages of each team they sponsor. SSES finished three points in front of second-place Naples St. John Neumann Catholic School and 23 points ahead of third-place Vero Beach St. Edwards School. In the spring alone, SSES had six teams rank in the top 10 academically in the state: baseball (1), boys lacrosse (2), boys track (2), boys weightlifting (2), girls track (5) and boys tennis (9). That success in the classroom was matched on the fields and courts. Of the 21 varsity teams fielded, Saint Stephen’s won nine district titles (girls weightlifting: traditional & olympic, boys golf, boys basketball, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys tennis, girls tennis, girls lacrosse) and four others were runners-up.

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