Parade for a Gymnastics Champ

MOCANAQUA — A community in Luzerne County came together tonight to welcome home a national gymnastics tumbling champ.

12-year-old Jillian Smith returned home to Mocanaqua tonight after taking the top prize in her age group at the gymnastics championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

To welcome her back, folks in the community organized a parade and party at the Conyngham Township community pool.

The event was a complete surprise to Jillian.

“It was totally unexpected. I had no idea this was going to happen. I just thought I was going to go home and have a few people over like my grandparents and my sister’s boyfriend. I didn’t expect this to happen at all,” said Smith.

Jillian added that she hopes to one day make the U.S. Olympic team.

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