Heidi Banegas is 19 years old and was born in the community of El Pital, Atlántida. Her family is composed of 7 family members, her father Noe Banegas, her mother Carmen Suarez, her sister Wendy Banegas, and her three brothers, Jimmy, Kevin, and Osmin Banegas. She graduated from Instituto El Rey, where she received her high school degree in letters and science and computer technology. She was a distinguished student with academic honors and received recognition for her excellent grades each quarter. In her senior year, she was named valedictorian and earned a gold medal for being an outstanding student with excellent grades in all of her classes.
While she was in high school, she had many experiences that helped her become the person she is today. During her first year in high school, she received financial help from her father, who despite making very little money was able to pay a monthly fee each student had to pay. Unfortunately, after a year of supporting Heidi financially, her father was not able to continue paying the monthly fee because the income he made was not enough to sustain their family and pay for her high school. But during the course of her first year in high school, a Honduran bank was offering scholarships for students with excellent grades. It was a difficult challenge for her, but with the help of God, she put hard work and dedication, and at the end of the year she was featured as one of the best students. As a result of her efforts, the bank offered her a scholarship that she maintained throughout her remaining five years of studies.
While not studying, Heidi was devoted to tutoring mathematics to the children of El Pital on basic mathematic skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. She also spent some of her free time teaching piano lessons to anyone who was interested.
Currently she is part of the Ministry of Praise Church and plays the piano at the New Jerusalem Church, both located in El Pital. At the end of her high school education, she was presented with the opportunity to be a candidate for a scholarship by the Un Mundo nonprofit organization. The organization was giving out two scholarships and had many applicants. She applied and went through a long and intense process to finally win one of the first two scholarships that were granted by Un Mundo.