Homeless Science Whiz To Attend State of the Union Address

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Garvey will soon head to see the State of the Union address.

Seventeen-year-old Samantha Garvey is homeless.  She’s also a semifinalist for the Intel national science competition. And now, she’ll be going to the State of the Union address.

Garvey, who has been living with her family in a Long Island homeless shelter, just found out last week that she was among the 300 semifinalist for the $100,000 Intel prize.  The Associated Press reports that the budding marine biologist had spent, “… more than two years researching the effects of the Asian short crab on the mussel population in a salt marsh on Long Island, east of New York City.”

Since it was reported last week by the Associated Press that the science whiz was living in a shelter, things have begun looking up. As we told you on Babble, people stepped in to help move her family into a rent-subsidized three-bedroom house.  They had been evicted from their previous home after Garvey’s mother was out of work after a car accident and her father, a cab driver, couldn’t cover the bills alone.

And now, Garvey is going to Washington DC.  Long Island Congressman, Steve Israel, has offered her a gallery ticket to watch the presidential address on January 24th.  Who knows? Once President Obama gets wind of this she might even be moved up to the presidential box.

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