She's also one of the semifinalists for the Intel Science Talent Search, a prestigious competition whose grand prize winner will receive a $100,000 4-year scholarship. And she's been invited to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address next Tuesday.
Did I mention that she's homeless?
Or, actually, she was - until her story was picked up by the media and the county found her family a rent-subsidized home in which to live.
Samantha's mother is from El Salvador and her father is from North Carolina. She wants to be a marine biologist and is a bright student, maintaining a 3.9 gpa in the hopes that her education will bring about a better life for both her family and herself.
You have to read her fascinating story. This article is good, too.
Better yet: Watch her incredible story on Newsday...
Now say, "YES!" to education.