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Homeless teen up for prestigious award

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Seventeen-year-old Samantha Garvey is an aspiring marine biologist with a keen sense of tough shells. They all congregate with each other. She`s spent years studying mussels and how they protect themselves. But at New York`s Brentwood High School, she`s learned some lessons of her own about being tough when the odds are stacked against you. This week she was chosen as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. But Samantha got the exciting news at a homeless shelter. Her family`s been living there since being evicted from their home December 31st. It`s worrisome, you know. It`s just been really worrisome, because you think where am I going to be? Like if something doesn`t come through, am I going to be in a homeless shelter? Samantha`s parents were both injured in a car accident last year. They both lost time at work, which caused them to fall behind on bills. As the family struggled, Samantha says she got her inspiration from school and her science teacher, Rebecca Grella, a two-time breast cancer survivor. She told us her story. I thought, wow, I'll be down, do you know, like that is amazing. And I took that from her. How does it feel to hear this? It works both ways. What I take from Sam is her humbleness, her ability to reach out to others, to give effortlessly. Samantha`s story grabbed the attention of officials in New York`s Suffolk County. They are now providing the Garvey family with public housing. This is - you know, this is just the most amazing thing you could ask for. I know everyone - we`re all in tears here, like we can barely compose ourselves enough to speak. With the tears, there was disbelief from Samantha`s mother, Olga. I break in tears sometime. What? This happened? And say, yes. This is happening. Samantha`s father says his daughter`s always been a fighter, weighing only two pounds when she was born. She`s gone from one little tiny thing to a giant, a giant of a woman. Mary Snow, CNN, Brentwood, New York.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 8 seconds
Country: Russia
Language: English
Producer: CNN
Director: Mary Snow
Views: 97
Posted by: vecttra on Jan 28, 2012

A high-school science whiz who is also homeless is now a semi-finalist for a prestigious $100,000 scholarship.

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