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Tuesday
Jan172012

Homeless Teenager Invited to State of the Union

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In the past week, Samantha Garvey‘s love of mussels has given her family a home and saved her a seat at President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Garvey, a homeless high school senior with a 3.9 grade point average, garnered recognition after she became a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for her work studying the effects of predators on mussels.

Inspired by her story of overcoming the odds, Long Island Rep. Steve Israel offered Garvey a coveted gallery ticket to the Jan. 24 State of the Union address.

Israel is not the first person who was motivated to act after hearing Garvey’s story. Suffolk county official Steve Bellone announced last week that Garvey and her family, who have lived in shelters and hotels for years, could soon move into a rent-subsidized home.

Garvey will find out next month whether she’s a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, the top prize is $100,000.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan132012

Intel Semifinalist Is Homeless No More Thanks to Community

ABC News(BRENTWOOD, N.Y.) -- Samantha Garvey, the homeless high school senior gaining recognition for becoming a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, will soon have a home thanks to officials in Long Island.

Suffolk county official Steve Bellone said in a press conference Friday morning that Garvey and her family can move into a rent-subsidized home in about 10 days. The teen and her family have been living in a homeless shelter since Jan. 1.

Against all odds, Garvey has excelled in school, maintaining a 3.9 grade point average along with studying Italian and learning to play the violin. Her work in science, specifically studying the effects of predators on mussels, landed her on a list of one of 300 semifinalists in the nationwide competition. She will find out next month if she becomes a finalist. The top prize is $100,000.

“I get so excited to tell people about my mussels and crabs that I become a completely different person,” she said.

Garvey and her family have lived in shelters and hotels since she was a little girl. Seven years ago, they were able to move into a house, but in February 2010, her parents were involved in a car accident. They were forced to leave.

“It hurts leaving everything behind and just having to be rushed out of your home,” she said of the experience.

Now, it seems, she will be able to focus on her work in her own home -- thanks to the community.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan122012

Homeless Teen Could Win $100,000 Science Prize

ABC News(BRENTWOOD, N.Y.) -- Samantha Garvey is one teenage girl who would rather read something called The Journal of Shellfish Research than Glamour magazine.

“What I’m doing is the American dream,” she says.

The 17-year-old high school senior maintains a 3.9 grade point average at her Brentwood, N.Y., high school, studies Italian and plays the violin. She also has an unusual interest that has recently caught some attention: On Wednesday she was named one of 61 Long Island semifinalists in the national Intel Science Talent Search because of her work studying the effects of predators on ribbed mussels.

“I get so excited to tell people about my mussels and crabs that I become a completely different person,” she said.

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There’s another reason why Garvey and her family are so excited about her nomination. The teen, along with her parents and her 13-year-old siblings, are now living in a homeless shelter. The top prize for the award is a life-changing $100,000.

“It’s unbelievable,” she told ABC News Thursday. “It might as well be the lottery.”

Garvey and her family have lived in shelters and hotels since she was a little girl. Seven years ago, they were able to move into a house, but in February 2010, her parents were involved in a car accident. They were forced to leave.

“It hurts leaving everything behind and just having to be rushed out of your home,” she said of the experience.

Even though she doesn’t have a place to call her own, or even a desk to do her homework on, the teen has continued to excel at school. Ranking No. 4 in her class, she said she works hard in school for a reason.

“I want to do better for myself,” she said. “I want a better life.”

In two weeks, she’ll find out if she becomes a finalist for the Intel prize, and if she will be given the chance to get her and her family a more permanent place to call home. With so many children across America finding themselves in a similar situation, Garvey has some advice.

“I’m right there with you,” she said. “I hope things get better, because they do.”

That’s just one lesson from a young woman whose future shines bright.

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