Plano ISD students shine at Texas Science and Engineering Fair, earning multiple awards and recognition

Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

In College Station, Texas, over March 22-23, 2024, more than 1,200 students from various schools competed in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF). Out of these competitors, 13 students from Plano Independent School District (ISD) stood out and earned a total of 23 awards and distinctions.

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

Apart from Bhat’s achievement, 11 senior division students from Plano ISD secured top positions in their categories and have been nominated to apply to the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy. Additionally, one junior division student placed first in their category has been nominated 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 the global stage in Dallas, Texas, from May 12 to 17, 2024.

Several special awards were presented at the fair to outstanding projects. 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.

In another achievement, Faizan Zaki clinched the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee title for the third time with his winning word “kurgan” securing him a spot at the National Scripps Spelling Bee. Zaki will represent his school and district at the national competition from May 28 to May 30, 2024.

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