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East Valley Students Win $140,000 in Technology

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A big honor for a group of East Valley High School students who found out Tuesday that their technology project beat out thousands of other entries nationwide. A big honor for a group of East Valley High School students who found out Tuesday that their technology project beat out thousands of other entries nationwide.

MOXEE, WA - A big honor for a group of East Valley High School students who found out Tuesday that their technology project beat out thousands of other entries nationwide.

The big prize? $140,000 in technology projects including smart boards, TV's, and laptops for students to use.

The contest is called "Solve for Tomorrow." It promotes science, technology, engineering and math skills.

NBC Right Now got a look at the East Valley project that earned a top prize. Students had to create something environmentally friendly and beneficial to Central Washington. So they built an energy efficient cooling system for homes using irrigation water.

Students said they're excited to be recognized for their hard work.

"We thought we had a chance, but we didn't know if we were going to be the winners or not and so knowing that we were is pretty exciting," said Ruby Galayde.

"To be actually top five in the country, feels pretty good," said Omar Benitev.

East Valley High School won the "Samsung Employees Choice Award."

They were one of the five schools chosen from more than 2,300 entries submitted across the country.

The winners get to go to a special ceremony held in their honor all the way in Washington D.C.

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