Plano ISD Students Shine at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

In College Station, Texas, Plano Independent School District (ISD) students showcased their exceptional talents at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) from March 22-23, 2024. A total of 1,200 students competed in various scientific categories. Among them, 13 Plano ISD students stood out and earned a remarkable total of 23 awards and distinctions.

Prisha Bhat, a senior student from Plano East Senior High School, took home the prestigious ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award in life science for her innovative project on aqua-arsenic remediation. Her project focused on enhancing plant tolerance to drought and arsenic contamination through unique methods.

In addition to Bhat’s achievement, 11 senior division students from Plano ISD secured top positions in their respective categories and have been nominated for the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy. Moreover, one junior division student placed first in their category and has been invited to apply for the Thermo Fisher Science Junior Innovators Challenge.

Two seniors from Plano ISD have also qualified for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), alongside seven qualifiers from the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair. They will present their projects on a global stage in Dallas, Texas, from May 12 to 17, 2024.

A number of special awards were presented to outstanding projects at the fair. Hiruni Wansapura from Robinson Middle School received the ‘Engineers of Tomorrow Award’ for her work in environmental engineering, while Andy Qin from Plano West Senior High School received the Samsung Award for his project in systems software.

Furthermore, Faizan Zaki, a Rice Middle School student in Plano ISD, clinched the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee title for the third time with his winning word “kurgan.” Zaki will now represent his school and district at the National Scripps Spelling Bee from May 28 to May 30, 2024.

For a comprehensive list of Plano ISD Texas Science and Engineering Fair winners, please click here.

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