Dec 1st, 2020

The reigning USA National Miss District of Columbia Jr. Teen, Ava Raiford, is a quite active 13-year old. She is currently an 8th grader at Southampton Middle School. Ava has maintained a 4.0 GPA since first grade and has received the Presidential Academic Achievement Award for the last five years. She recently finished her first college course in Forensic Science. When she graduates high school she plans to attend Harvard University to minor in Forensic Science and Major in law.

Ava has spent the last two years traveling to local elementary schools and reading her antibullying book, “Ava Spreads Love Wherever She Goes,” to the children. She also shares her personal PowerPoint presentation with older children which discusses the importance of kindness. She has reached over 14,000 people through personal and social media campaigns advocating for her platform. Last year, Ava developed her personal initiative, “Ava’s Toy Box,” where she collects new toys all year and then distributes them to local families. Ava has had the chance to bless several families already and plans to expand the program throughout the state of Virginia. Ava enjoys doing commercials, competing in pageants, and spending time with her family. Ava is very excited about this year and representing the District of Columbia at USA National Miss in Disney! She has big plans for the organization’s national initiative Crown C.A.R.E.S (Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools), as well as her own service projects with toy donations and distribution.

Ava Raiford will showcase all of her skills and accolades at the USA National Miss national pageant from November 22 – November 28 at Disney World in Orlando, FL. The USA National Miss Organization promotes their national advocacy of Crown C.A.R.E.S (Creating A Respectable Environment in Schools) to eliminate bullying and encourage kindness within classrooms. Ava will proudly represent the District of Columbia at UNM, hoping to capture the prestigious Jr Teen title amongst all 50 states.

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