Samantha Garvey and her mussels at Brentwood High School – Brentwood, NY – Jan 12, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A homeless Brentwood High School senior, who is a semifinalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search, received some exciting news Friday.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced 17-year-old Samantha Garvey will be getting a three-bedroom, rent subsidized home in Bay Shore where she’ll live with her twin sisters, brother and parents.
The family lost their home after Garvey’s parents were injured in a car accident which left them unable to work. They have been living in a homeless shelter since New Year ’s Day.
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“This is just the most amazing thing you could ask for, we’re all in tears here, we could barely compose ourselves enough to speak,” Garvey said.
Bellone said the family can move into the house in about 10 days. The Marriott will be donating all the furniture for the home.
Garvey is one of 61 Long Island students who have a chance at the Intel Science Talent Search‘s top prize of $100,000. Her two-and-a-half year project focused on predators’ effects on ribbed mussels.
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Garvey’s story of grit and determination has touched a lot of hearts.
A day after her story became headline news, an anonymous donor came forward to kennel and vaccinate Garvey’s pitbull. The teen feared her dog would be euthanized.