CBS's NYC affiliate reports:
Samantha Garvey has good reason to be the recipient of high fives and congratulations from the faculty and students in the hallways at Brentwood High School.
The 17-year-old senior says she cannot believe that she is one of the semifinalists in the highly prestigious Intel Science Competition, in part because she lives in a Bay Shore homeless shelter with her parents, brother, and twin sisters.
“I am currently homeless. Like I’ve said, this motivates me to do better. I do well and I pursue my passion because it’s what I have and it’s a way out, you know, and it’ll lead to better things,” Garvey told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.
That last paragraph is the key. The young lady and her family are clearly going through rough times, but there’s no bitterness, resentment, envy, or sense of entitlement in her face or words.
The real tragedy is that country doesn’t seem to have enough Samantha Garveys.