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After a whirlwind couple of weeks, Samantha Garvey, the once-homeless teen who captured the nation with her inspirational story of becoming an Intel science contest semifinalist, will finally get a chance to settle up inside her own bedroom, take a deep breath, and fall into a well-earned nap.
The 18-year-old Brentwood High School senior and her family moved into their new home on Saturday after the family of five was evicted on New Year’s Eve last year, and had to spend the last couple of weeks inside a Bay Shore shelter.
The aspiring marine biologist went from being a little-known science whiz-kid on Long Island studying shellfish, to one of 300 selected as a semifinalist in the Intel competition, a regular on nationally televised news telecasts, and to a guest on “Ellen.” Her story also earned her a trip to Washington D.C. for President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday.
“Everything that has happened in these past few weeks has been unbelievable and amazing and just completely surreal,” Garvey said, under a crisp blue sky, with her family surrounding her outside their new rent-subsidized house in Bay Shore.
Read the full Long Island Press story here
(Watch) Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Alure Home Improvements President/CEO say a few words about Samantha and the build: