Briana Ochoa, a seventh grader at Citrus Middle School in Orange Cove took first place in the competition. 

Briana Ochoa, a seventh-grader at Citrus Middle School, is now the proud owner of a 3D printer. 

She said during an interview on the afternoon of Feb. 13, that the printer was the first prize award for nationwide contest she and her class participated in a few months ago. 

"I worked on it during some days here at school," said Briana. "But I didn't have that much time so I worked on it at home and one day I worked on it all night to finish it. This was something I was interested in so I wasn't tired when I stayed up all night working on it."

The contest was discovered by Rose Presto, she is the "Concept of Engineering and Manufacturing" teacher at Citrus. 

"What happened is we had our sixth-graders, they went off to camp," said Presto. "And during that time, our seventh-and eighth- graders could work on a project that they wanted to work on. I was at home one evening and I stumbled upon it."

Presto said she felt this would be a perfect project for her students to work on while pushing their creative boundaries. 

"They were on a really strict time crunch," Presto added. "It was due in three days and it had been open for months on end. So I came into class and told them we had three days to do this. You'll get a grade for it and if you want to submit for it, you can."

Briana said she immediately knew she wanted to submit her project into the contest. 

"I was aiming for first place," she said. "I was trying to go for that one, and I thought to myself even if I didn't win, at least I tried."

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