Brentwood High School senior Samantha Garvey has been invited to the Jan. 24 speech as a guest of Long Island Congressman Steve Israel.
Last week, she was named one of 300 semifinalists in the Intel science contest. She's currently living in a homeless shelter, although Suffolk County officials are renovating a home for the Garvey family.
Israel says he was moved by the aspiring marine biologist's story.
He's offered Garvey a prestigious gallery ticket. Her parents would watch from Israel's office.
Her father tells Newsday (http://bit.ly/xsVYo8) they'd love to go.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com