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LI homeless science whiz not among contest finalists

January 25, 2012 4:45:17 AM PST
She's not a finalist, but clearly a winner.

A Long Island high school student who attracted national attention after it was reported she was living in a homeless shelter is not among the 40 finalists in the prestigious Intel Science contest.

The finalists were announced Wednesday morning. Ten other New Yorkers are among the contenders for the $100,000 first prize.

Samantha Garvey, an 18-year-old senior at Brentwood High School, was named one of 300 semifinalists earlier this month. She has since appeared on the "Ellen" talk show, where she received a $50,000 scholarship. Suffolk County officials also have arranged for her family to move from a homeless shelter to a house in Bay Shore.

Garvey also was invited to attend President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

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