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President Cheers Formerly Homeless L.I. Science Whiz

Obama joked to Samantha Harvey that she might want to network with the heads of various federal agencies

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    Samantha Garvey and Rep. Steve Israel in front of the Capitol Jan. 24.

    The plaudits continue for a formerly homeless Long Island high school student. This one from the President of the United States.

    Samantha Garvey joined about 100 students at a White House Science Fair on Tuesday. Garvey attracted national attention last month when she was named a semifinalist in the national Intel Science contest while living in a homeless shelter.

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    She refuses to let her family's financial situation shape her life: Meet Samantha Garvey the amazing Long Island girl who has been named a semi-finalist in the national Intel science competition. (Published Monday, Feb. 13, 2012)

    Her story prompted Long Island officials to locate a rent controlled home for her family. She also was invited to attend President Obama's State of the Union speech, and received a $50,000 scholarship on the "Ellen" television show.

    Obama singled out the 18-year-old Brentwood High School senior during his remarks Tuesday. He pointed out the heads of various federal agencies, joking she might want to network with them for a job.

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    Samantha Garvey and her family ran into hard times, but now they have a place to call home. The Intel semifinalist shares her feelings about the first day in her new house. (Published Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012)