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Homeless teen named finalist in science competition

January 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
One teen in New York is rising above the struggles of being homeless as she prepares to compete as a semi-finalist in a prestigious national science competition.

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.