Samantha Garvey, 17, manages straight A's despite the hardships of living in a shelter with her family after they were evicted from their home.
But things suddenly looked up for Garvey this week, as she was named a semi-finalist in the prestigious Intel National Science competition. And, perhaps even better, she also learned that her family is being offered a rent-subsidized home.
"I was in complete disbelief to be honest, I couldn't believe it," said Garvey. "I kept saying are you kidding me are you kidding me?"
"This is really happiness, it's a good, good way to start a new year," said Garvey's mother, Olga.
With a new place to hit the books, Garvey is now looking ahead to the science competition. She is one of 300 semi-finalists vying for the $100,000 dollar top prize.