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Henderson County Schools Honors Student Who Designed New City Flag

Fourteen-year-old Jax Matthews designed the official new flag for the City of Henderson. It was adopted by the city's mayor and board of commissioners back in October.

Posted: Nov 15, 2021 10:58 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2021 12:04 AM

Applause rang through the room Monday night as Henderson County Schools recognized a very special student.

"He's someone we're very very proud of," said HCS Superintendent Dr. Bob Lawson.

The honor was held during the education board's special called meeting, but it wasn't for the Henderson County High School freshman's academic excellence, rather, it was for his civic achievement.

Fourteen-year-old Jax Matthews designed the official new flag for the City of Henderson. It was adopted by the city's mayor and board of commissioners back in October.

"I've just been in love with flags and geography my whole life," Matthews said. "I came up with a sketch for an alternative flag for the city of Henderson because I was like 'It would be really cool if Henderson had one.'"

The flag is blue with the city's iconic railroad bridge featured in the middle along with the date Henderson was founded. Two goldenrods symbolize peace and hope and the black stripes on the outer edge represent the determination of the city's people.

There are a lot of elements to the flag and they all mean different things, but for Matthews, what his design really represents is his unparalleled love for his hometown.

"I want the flag that I created to represent the beautifulness, the beauty of our city, and the wonderful people you'll ever be able to meet whenever you visit the city," Matthews said.

The teen said getting recognition from community leaders was one thing, but seeing his school rally behind him was even better.

"That was one of the proudest moments of my entire life," he said.

So now, he's got a medal from HCS to commemorate his hard work, and at only 14, the sky's the limit on what else he'll achieve.

"We'll just have to see what time will tell," Matthews said. "And what the future holds."

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