Samantha Garvey's story: From homeless shelter to Intel semifinalist

Leo Garvey, Olga Garvey and Samantha Natalie Garvey,

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Leo Garvey, Olga Garvey and Samantha Natalie Garvey, 17, of Bay Shore, are shown at Brentwood High School. Samantha was nominated as an Intel semifinalist. (Jan. 11, 2012) (Credit: Chris Ware)

Samantha Garvey was overjoyed. She didn't think a kid living in a homeless shelter would have a chance in the national Intel science competition, but the 17-year-old Brentwood High School senior was named a semifinalist Wednesday.

Garvey, who spent 2 1/2 years on a marine-life study, is one of 61 Long Islanders with a shot at Intel's top prize: $100,000.

"It's amazing," she said,...

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