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

Leo Garvey, Olga Garvey and Samantha Natalie Garvey,

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) Photo 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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