Remember the 17-year old teenager who was one of the 300 semifinalists from the whole of Unites States to be part of the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search ? The fact that she was homeless did not derail this brilliant girl from working hard and staying focused on her academics. Her life is changing for ever thanks to her hardwork and dedication.The 17-year-old high school senior maintains a 3.9 grade point average at her Brentwood, N.Y., high school, studies Italian and loves playing the violin. The top prize for the Intel award is a life-changing $100,000.
Garvey and her family have lived in shelters and hotels since she was a little girl. “It hurts leaving everything behind and just having to be rushed out of your home,” she said of the experience.
Fox reports that Garvey and her family were evicted from their home on New Year’s Eve. Garvey, along with her parents and her 13-year-old siblings, are now living in a homeless shelter. Garvey’s mother, Olga, was working as a nurse’s assistant but hasn’t worked in the last eight months due to a car accident and her father, Leo, couldn’t keep up with the bills on his salary as a cab-driver alone.
Apart from having financial help and wishes pouring in from all over the nation, Long Island county has also arranged for Garvey’s family to have a rent subsidised residence. With Garvey being invited by Rep. Steve Israel to watch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address from the gallery in the house, it is sure that life has indeed changed for this teenager.
In a world where even toddlers harass their parents to get the latest gadgets and pamperings they hear of, what could be the traits that keep a homeless teenager to understand her family’s struggles,and yet without giving into the hardships to focus on her academics with a determination to be successful? It has to be humility and determination. In a world where self-indulgence and spending without any means is bringing waves of debt defaults, let us hope that gems like Samantha Garvey give us enough to think and correct our ways. Here is wishing Ms Garvey the very best ahead.