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Hawkins commission honors RCS student for swimming achievements

September 25th, 2013 3:00 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins commission honors RCS student for swimming achievements

Lindsey Knox, center, was honored Monday by the Hawkins County Commission for her achievements in swimming this past summer in the AAU Junior Olympics. Her father Tony Knox, left, stood with her as commissioner Bob Palmer, right, read a proclamation.

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County commissioners don’t always agree on everything, but one thing they can all agree on is that is that excellence and high achievement must be recognized, especially among the county’s youth.

During Monday’s meeting the Hawkins County Commission honored 12-year-old Rogersville City School eighth-grader Lindsey Knox for earning medals in all nine swimming events she competed in during the Junior Olympics this past summer.

Knox is the daughter of Tony and Julie Knox of Rogersville, and is also a member of the Barracuda Swim Club of Northeast Tennessee and Rogersville “Flying Fish” summer swim league.

This past July she competed in the Athletic Amateur Union (AAU) Junior Olympics held on the campus of University of Michigan in Ann arbor.

Among the medals she earned were second placed in the 100 meter backstroke, 50 meter fly stroke and 100 meter fly stroke; third place in the 200 meter freestyle and 200 meter individual medley; fourth place 50 meter back stroke and 100 meter breast stroke; 5th place in the 50 meter breast stroke; and 6th place 50 meter freestyle.

Aside from winning nine medals Knox achieved personal best times in six events. 

On Monday the County Commission approved a proclamation honoring Knox which was read by Commissioner Robert Palmer.

Palmer is also a substitute teacher at Rogersville City School, and is well familiar with Knox. Prior to reading the proclamation Palmer stated that aside from being a top athlete Knox was also an outstanding student and outstanding person.

Palmer added, “I am so proud of this young lady, and so honored to present this to her because she has been one fantastic student.”

Knox stood before the commission with her father during the reading of her proclamation, and afterwards received a standing ovation.

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