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Olympic gold medalist Bianca Knight visits Jackson Prep

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Junior high students at Jackson Prep received a visit from Olympic gold medalist Bianca Knight Wednesday. The former Ridgeland High star shared her success with students and teachers. 

"Please give a warm Jackson Prep welcome to Olympic gold medalist and fellow Mississippian Bianca Knight." 

Knight continued her post Olympic tour across the Magnolia State with a Wednesday morning forum at Jackson Prep. 

 "It's a great opportunity to listen to the message of someone obviously so goal oriented and really also a great Mississippian, such an advocate for the state, so we really feel like it's a great honor," said Will Crosby, Jackson Prep athletic director. 

"Italy, France, I pretty much been everywhere..." said Knight. 

Knight spoke to junior high students at Jackson Prep on several topics with the main focus being on the quality of a good education. 

"I was an exceptional student as well while I was in school. I just wanted to talk to them about the importance of education and discipline, it will not only take you along my path but it definitely help with anything you decide to venture onto after high school and onto college," said Knight. 

Knight helped lead the U.S. Women's 4 x 100 meter relay team to a world record while capturing the gold medal in the summer Olympics. 

She gave students an opportunity to take pictures with the medal, leaving some speechless. 

 "I think she's a really good runner and I'm glad I got to listen to her speak!" said Jackson Prep 7th grader Olivia Thigpen. 

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