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Published 07/22 2014 07:32PM

Updated 07/22 2014 07:38PM

Luzerne County- A local gymnast shined in a national competition last week.  Her hometown in Luzerne County welcomed her back with a surprise parade. 

 12-year old Jillian Smith of Mocanaqua is just returning from the USA gymnastics championships in Kentucky. The young star is a level ten athlete in several skill sets including tumbling and trampoline. Her grandfather tells Eyewitness News she won in the individual floor tumbling competition and her regional team placed second overall and Jill isn't stopping here.she practices four to five hours a day in hopes of advancing even further in the sport.

   Jill told Eyewitness News while she works hard at her sport....her diet consists of a lot of honey nut Cheerios and gummy bears. 

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