From the time she first stepped out on the mat for the first time, LSE sixth grader Jocelyn Mitchell was hooked on gymnastics.
While joining Authority Gymnastics in Columbia in 2016, Mitchell quickly learned the ropes while named to the Bronze Team, where she won several gold, silver and bronze medals. Mitchell also placed fourth at state and fifth at regionals that same year.
Meanwhile, after moving up another level, where the skills become harder, Mitchell placed in the silver level. She also won several first place and second place finishes in the all-around competition.
With vault being her strongest event, Mitchell set the record at the gym through USAGymnastics with a 9.6 for excel silver. She also scored a 9.6 on bars as well.
As for the 2018 season, Mitchell just won first place in the state of Missouri with a 37.175 all-around score through USAGymnastics.
While traveling from Kansas City to St. Louis as well as Springfield and St. Joseph, Mitchell also competed in regionals recently, where she placed 11th against the best of the best from seven states (Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa).
Mitchell also brought home the silver on vault at regionals with a score of 9.5 and seventh place finish on bars, which are all sanctioned through USAGymnastics.
At just 12 years of age, Mitchell is still waiting on where she will be placed next year.
Carlena Mitchell said the next level is Excel Gold and then Excel Platinum and Excel Diamond.
“This little girl loves gymnastics and it’s her heart,” her mother said. “She gives 120 percent at every practice.”
Mitchell said her daughter received the most improved athlete of the season as well as an award for the 9.5 club. She was also the judges choice with her Kip.
Jocelyn Mitchell is the daughter of Thomas Mitchell.