NY science whiz doesn't make finals

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A New York high school student who attracted national attention after it was reported that she was living in a homeless shelter is not among the 40 finalists in the prestigious Intel Science contest.

Brentwood High School senior Samantha Garvey was named a semifinalist last month. The finalists were announced Wednesday.

After Garvey's situation came to light, Suffolk County officials announced they were arranging for her family to move into a house. She also appeared on the "Ellen" show, where she received a $50,000 college scholarship.

On Tuesday, she was an invited guest at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

In an appearance Wednesday on the "Today" show, Garvey said the presence of so many "historic figures" made her want to combine her studies in science with policy.

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