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Teenager Maria Moschos talks about the sport of cheerleading (Includes interview)

Digital Journal sat down with Greek-American cheerleader Maria Moschos at the elegant Greek restaurant, the award-winning Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill, in Huntington, New York, where she opened up about her successes, and she offered advice for hopefuls.

The routines in the sport can range anywhere from one to three minutes, and they are comprised of elements of tumbling, dancing, jumping, stunting and cheering. For Moschos, cheerleading is a competitive sport.

An accomplished dancer, Moschos is drawn to the sport of cheerleading due to its warm and friendly atmosphere. “Everybody is like a big team and a big family,” she said, who has been involved with the sport for two years.

When asked what the most difficult aspect of this underrated sport is, Moschos notes that there are “many skills to learn,” as well as stunts, several of which may be challenging.

Moschos finds it easy to balance both cheerleading with her school-work. “School is in the morning and cheerleading is at night,” she explained, and with her time management skills, she is able to successfully balance both her athletic and academic activities.

Her biggest influences in life include her hard-working parents, her mother and father. Moschos’ proudest accomplishment is her ability to nail the “back tuck,” which is a back flip. Yet another proud moment for her was winning the “Best Dancer” award at her Cheer Gym.

For aspiring cheerleaders who wish to pursue the sport, she recommended that they “never give up and just keep pushing.”

An ambitious teenager, Moschos revealed that her plans for the future include “winning worlds at cheerleading” and she subsequently hopes to try her hand out in directing movies when she is older.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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