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Former Lincoln, East student honored with Lincoln Capstone Award


​Lincoln Middle School will hold its annual Capstone Award ceremony on Friday, recognizing a former student and athlete who made the most of his short life.

Austin Rux died in 2011 after his freshman year at East High School. At Lincoln, he was in the school’s deaf and hard of hearing program. Austin played football and wrestled for East, and East established an award in his name: the Austin Rux Memorial Sportsmanship Award. Lincoln’s Capstone Award will recognize Austin’s spirit and love of life. The award reads: “He will be remembered at both schools for his sense of humor, for his love of the Dallas Cowboys, for being a peacemaker among his peers, and for exemplifying what it means to be a Logger and an E-Rab.”

Austin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Lincoln auditorium.

The Lincoln Hall of Fame was established in 2002, during the school’s 75th anniversary, to honor alumni and faculty who inspire students. A committee selects the inductees each year, and Lincoln’s hallways are decorated with banners bearing photos of Capstone Award winners as a permanent exhibit to honor its Hall of Fame members.

Other members of the Lincoln Middle School Hall of Fame:
Former Major League baseball player Rodney Meyers; local activist Anthony Wilson; Illinois State University Football Coach Brock Spack; jazz musician Harlan Jefferson; Cheap Trick guitar legend Rick Nielsen and drummer Bun E. Carlos; ABC News medical correspondent Dr. Timothy Johnson; 1980 presidential candidate and Rockford congressman John B. Anderson; 17th Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Janet (Clark) Holmgren; hostage survivor Kurt Carlson; figure skater and 1972 Olympic bronze medalist Janet Lynn; artist Tom Heflin; photographer Nels Akerlund; Grammy-nominated musician Raul Cardenas; former Lincoln Principal Harry Hulick; Kids Around the World founder Dennis Johnson; Mary Ann (Aleks) Smith, who led the campaign to restore the Coronado Performing Arts Center; and Marine Corporal Adam McKiski, who was killed in Iraq in 2008.