A 17-year-old homeless teenager from Long Island is a semifinalist of the prestigious national Intel science competition.
Samantha Garvey is one of 61 Long Island students who have a chance at the competition’s top prize of $100,000.
Garvey is a senior at Brentwood High School. Her Intel project focused on predators’ effects on ribbed mussels.
She told Newsday her family’s setbacks motivated her to work hard.
Garvey lives in a Bay Shore shelter with her parents, a brother and twin sisters.
Her guidance counselor Karin Feil said Garvey takes advantage of anything offered to her.
She also studies Italian and plays the violin.
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