Plano ISD Students Shine at Texas Science and Engineering Fair: 13 Awards and Spots at Governor’s Academy Secured”.

Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

In the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) held in College Station from March 22-23, 2024, Plano Independent School District (ISD) students showcased their talents and scientific prowess. More than 1,200 students participated in various categories, with 13 Plano ISD students standing out and earning a total of 23 awards and distinctions.

Among the winners was Prisha Bhat, a senior at 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 aimed to enhance plant tolerance to drought and arsenic contamination through innovative methods.

In addition to Bhat’s achievement, 11 senior division students from Plano ISD secured top positions in their categories, earning spots at the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy. Furthermore, one junior division student placed first in their category and has been nominated to apply to 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 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.

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

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