Homeless student is Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist

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    Jan 13, 2012 6:51 PM GMT
    Inspiring. And while this is far from an indication that this can be the outcome for anyone, it's an amazing world we live in when opportunities like this - and I wish we would seek to create more of them instead of pillorying those who find financial success.

    http://www.geek.com/articles/news/homeless-student-is-intel-science-talent-search-semifinalist-20120113/

    The Intel Science Talent Search is a big deal for some high school students. It attracts entries from around 1,600 seniors every year, all fighting for a share of the $1.25 million in awards and scholarships.

    Competing in such a competition takes focus and dedication, which makes the achievement of one semifinalist that much more impressive.

    Samantha Garvey, a senior as Brentwood High School has managed to become one of the remaining 300 semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search this year. Her research focused on mussels and her discovery that they change the thickness of their shells if a predator such as crabs are introduced.

    Why is Garvey’s achievement so impressive? Because she, and her entire family, are homeless and rely on a local homeless shelter. Such a situation would stop many students from being able to focus on studying, let alone a research project, but Garvey has instead used her situation as motivation. In her own words she wants, “a better life…a home.”

    If Garvey manages to win the top prize Intel offer, she will receive a $100,000 four-year scholarship. That may not change her families living situation, but it does put her in a position to carry on learning and get a career that will certainly get her, and probably her family a new home/life.

    Even if she doesn’t win, becoming a finalist means an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. and a chance to speak to either the President or Vice President. Her story is sure to be a compelling one and a great example of what the right mindset can achieve regardless of your situation.
  • BmwKid92

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    Jan 13, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    average
  • BmwKid92

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    Jan 13, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    ruining dead threads, with 1 word. i didnt read, nor do i care, AVERAGE BULLSHIT
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    Jan 13, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    Bmwkid92 saidruining dead threads, with 1 word. i didnt read, nor do i care, AVERAGE BULLSHIT

    So in other words... this girl, who is homeless and is researching... doing more than you ever fucking have in your entire worthless internet existing life... is average?


    Sure, in the grand scheme it may be... but she's still doing more than you which makes her...

    ABOVE AVERAGE

    Bitch is showing people how us homeless do it! WE DO IT BIG.
  • BmwKid92

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    Jan 13, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    ill tell you a fact about myself bro, i gave my kidney away to 41 yr old i never met, IS that spectacular no, i also help older people in an old home once a week while going to collage, scream at me
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    Jan 13, 2012 7:58 PM GMT

    Samantha Garvey, a senior as Brentwood High School has managed to become one of the remaining 300 semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search this year.

    INSPIRING.

    that guy that says it's average.

    DOUCHE.
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    Jan 13, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    Bmwkid92: You care enough to:
    1. Click "Reply"
    2. Type
    3. Change the font to blue
    4. Click "Submit"
    5. Wait for a response
    6. Repeat 1-5

    I'd be more inclined to respond to what you've actually written, but the little you have actually written is rather nonsensical and difficult to understand. But I will say this: your self-proclaimed "helping" of others is just an indication of the paternalism with which you view elderly people.

    Anyway...I am especially moved by the latent talents of young people who are not given much. I think stories like this are testament to the raw genius some individuals have.
  • mizu5

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    Jan 13, 2012 9:00 PM GMT
    This is amazing, I think it's really inspiring.

    I suddenly feel like a pretty big shit, not working as hard as I could when I have so many opportunities given to me.
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    Jan 13, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    Bmwkid92 saidill tell you a fact about myself bro, i gave my kidney away to 41 yr old i never met, IS that spectacular no, i also help older people in an old home once a week while going to collage, scream at me


    Art freak or just can't spell for shit?
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    Jan 13, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    Saw this on the news last night. Her parents were in a car accident that left them both unable to work so they got evicted. She is ranked #4 in her class, plays the violin, and takes Italian. Seemed like a sweet girl. Hope she gets the opportunities to do something with her life.
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    Jan 14, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    Her dedication is inspiring. Intel runs a pretty pretty serious science contest too. I hope she gets her piece of the American dream.
  • rafiki87

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    Jan 14, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    TheKrisPandemic said
    Bmwkid92 saidill tell you a fact about myself bro, i gave my kidney away to 41 yr old i never met, IS that spectacular no, i also help older people in an old home once a week while going to collage, scream at me


    Art freak or just can't spell for shit?


    and properly punctuate a run-on sentence... then again newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas (a collage) doesn't do that.
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    Jan 14, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    An Update: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jyIz1qpm12mq4KEy3-CS4Z0HVcgg?docId=13c4979840884373a3c0e477d2aea9aa

    This week came the accolades for Samantha's scientific feat and the offer for the family to live in a home of their own. Her story has gotten coverage nationwide.

    Once sponsored by Westinghouse, the Society for Science and the Public has been running the competition since 1942. Over the decades, contest finalists have gone on to some of the greatest achievements in science. Seven have won a Nobel Prize.

    Before the eviction, the Garveys had rented a home for six or seven years, Leo Garvey said. Before that, the family had also lived in homeless shelters from time to time; Leo Garvey described himself as a recovering alcoholic.
    Samantha said that she had worried for several months before the eviction, knowing that her mother was ailing and money was tight.

    "I ordered a senior picture and I said, 'I don't know where to send it. I don't know what's going to happen. What if we move, what if we get evicted,' which we did," she said. "You're out in limbo. You're like, 'What's going to happen to my mail, what's going to happen to my college applications. Where are they all going to go?' It's scary."

    Besides the county housing, officials said the Marriott Corp. is donating "several thousand dollars" of furniture for the family to use. Others have offered to pay kennel fees for the family pit bull.

    "It's unbelievable; the outpouring of help that we've had," said Leo Garvey.