Obando, a sixth-grade student at Helen M. Knight Elementary School, is the daughter of Juan Ibarra and Herendira Obando.
BEACON mentors praised her creativity and her curiosity.
“Susana is a fantastic helper. She has an incredible ability to notice when someone needs help and seamlessly steps in to help without ever being asked,” the mentors wrote in nominating Obando. “She helps BEACON students and staff alike—and always with a beautiful smile. She has a fun and funny personality and a very creative, intelligent mind. She is a student of many interests—every trimester she signs up for a wide range of BEACON activities. Whether its Theater Club or Ultimate Frisbee, club leaders know they will have a thoughtful, fun, and intelligent student when Susana signs up. Thanks for all you do, Susana, to help make BEACON a success!”