The 18-year-old New Yorker has been named one of 300 semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition, for her two years of research on the impact of the Asian short crab on the mussel population in a salt marsh on Long Island.
But that’s not all: When news surfaced that she and her family had been forced to move to a homeless shelter on New Year’s Eve, Ellen Degeneres invited her to her show, calling her an “inspiration” and awarding her with a $50,000 scholarship from AT&T to use to pay for college and thousands of dollars in gift cards. Since then, Samantha has also been invited to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. And here’s something even closer to home: County officials where Samantha lives have found a rent-subsidized house for the talented teen and her family to live.
Will Samantha go on to win Intel’s $100,000 prize? Only time will tell. The 40 finalists in the competition will be announced Wednesday. In the meantime, learn more about Samantha’s amazing story on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
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