Despina Ades is a freshman at the George Washington University, where she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Affairs. She is a member of the University's Women's Leadership Program and serves as a Peer Mediation Coordinator for "Expanding," and organization where she donates her summers to educate and inspire young women from Niger. She was recently awarded "Tutor of the Year" from the Literacy Center, the world's largest peer-to-peer tutoring center.
A proud member of both the National and Spanish Honor Societies, Despina is a self-proclaimed American History geek. Despina is proud to represent the District of Columbia as she hopes to make history as being the first Miss District of Columbia Teen USA to become Miss Teen USA.
Despina hails from a very proud and very loud, big Greek family! Despina dedicates her year of service as Miss District of Columbia Teen USA in memory of her late father, who passed away from cancer when Despina was just 12 years old. Before his passing, Despina traveled with her father and family by RV to 48 states and says that the experience has taught her to "be the change she wishes to see in the world."