LSU Gymnast Visits Riverdale Academy

By Molly Seales

On Tuesday, March 15, LSU gymnast KJ Johnson visited 3rd-12th graders at Riverdale Academy to share her testimony and encourage the students to never give up on their goals. Riverdale parent Cody Hillman connected with Johnson on Instagram and put the plan into motion. Johnson drove in from Baton Rouge to Riverdale.

Johnson is an 18 year old freshman gymnast at LSU and received a full scholarship. She began her gymnastics career when she was just two years old and continued training in her hometown of Dallas, TX, training with Texas Dreams Gymnastics. She has competed at the elite level, even traveling to Paris and Belgium for meets. At LSU she is an all-around gymnast that currently competes in floor exercise and vault.

In her testimony, KJ shared about her faith in God and how blessed she is to be given the talent to compete at LSU. She shared about a time when she was 13 and fell on a back handspring. She developed a mental block and had to take 4 months off from gymnastics. She credits God and her family with her comeback.

Students were allowed to interact with KJ and ask her questions. She confirmed that she did know Joe Burrow and that he is a great guy, that her best friend is no doubt her mom, and the most difficult skill she ever performed in competition was an amanar vault. KJ said that her favorite things about LSU is competing on the gymnastics team, the huge fan base, and being teammates with Olivia Dunne.

After she spoke, KJ showed us a few gymnastics moves, took lots of photos, and signed lots of autographs. We were lucky to have KJ visit our school.

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