Samantha Garvey thrilled by Obama's mention

President Barack Obama hosts the second White House

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President Barack Obama hosts the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President talked with Samantha Garvey, 18, of Bay Shore, about her environmental sciences project examining the effect of physical environment and predators on a specific species of mussel, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Feb. 7, 2012) (Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Samantha Garvey, who was homeless when she was named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search earlier this year, said she was thrilled to be mentioned -- though not by name -- by President Barack Obama at the close of the Democratic National Convention.

"This was one of the most exciting moments ever -- to hear that I was a source of inspiration for the president, thinking that I...

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