Samantha Garvey, Homeless Teen Honored In Prestigious Science Competition

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BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — A homeless New York teenager who’s a national Intel science competition semifinalist won’t be homeless for much longer.

Samantha Garvey and her family were offered a rent subsidized home by officials in the Long Island county where she goes to school.

Garvey is one of 61 students who have a chance at the competition’s top prize of $100,000.

The 17-year-old and her family moved into a homeless shelter on Jan. 1.

Suffolk County officials made the housing announcement Friday morning at Brentwood High School, where Garvey is a senior. County official Steve Bellone says Garvey and her family can move into the house in about 10 days.

Garvey’s Intel project focused on predators’ effects on ribbed mussels.

She’s one of 300 semifinalists. Finalists will be announced later this month.

Story credit: Huffington Post

Huffington Post Article – 1/20/2012

Brentwood High School senior Samantha Garvey appeared Thursday as a guest on the “Ellen” talk show, where she received a $50,000 scholarship from AT&T to the college of her choice. She also was given a $5,000 J.C. Penney gift card and a $1,000 gift card for Whole Foods.

Last week, Garvey was named one of 300 semifinalists in the prestigious Intel science contest. The story of the aspiring marine biologist attracted national attention after it was reported that she and her family were forced to move to a homeless shelter on New Year’s Eve.

“You are an inspiration,” host Ellen DeGeneres told the 18-year-old senior who hopes to attend either Brown or Yale universities.

“You are an inspiration to me and I hope to anybody else out there watching that is having a hard time or even people who aren’t having a hard time and are complaining about petty things that are going on in their lives and they look at you and look at how you conduct yourself.

We at SKoolAide repeat our earlier shout out…”YOU GO GIRL!!”

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