Samantha Garvey, the homeless teen who came into the national spotlight after she became a semifinalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition, has had a bittersweet 24 hours.
First the bitter part: When the science prize competition finalists were announced today, she was not on the list.
Now the sweet: Last night, Garvey attended President Obama's State of the Union address. As Mark reported, Garvey was invited by Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.).
Newsday reports that Garvey told NBC that flying to Washington for the event was a "once in lifetime" experience.
"It was the craziest feeling," Garvey said. Newsday adds:
"Garvey said was she was impressed by 'people who are so prominent, just standing there, right in front of you.'
She added: 'It was the longest I ever clapped.'
"Before the president's speech in the chamber of the House of Representatives, Garvey rubbed elbows with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — Israel's colleague across the political aisle. And she also attended a reception hosted by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)."