Unprecedented Achievements: Plano ISD Students Shine at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Plano Independent School District (ISD) students showcased their scientific talents at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) in College Station. Over 1,200 students from different schools competed in various categories from March 22-23, 2024, with 13 students from Plano ISD earning 23 awards and distinctions.

One standout student was Prisha Bhat from Plano East Senior High School, who won the ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award in life science, senior division, for her project on aqua-arsenic remediation. Her project demonstrated innovative methods to improve plant tolerance to drought and arsenic contamination.

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. One junior division student also placed first in their category and has been nominated to apply to the Thermo Fisher Science Junior Innovators Challenge.

Two seniors from Plano ISD 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 globally in Dallas, Texas, from May 12 to 17, 2024.

Several special awards were presented at the fair. Hiruni Wansapura from Robinson Middle School received the ‘Engineers of Tomorrow Award,’ while Andy Qin from Plano West Senior High School was honored with the Samsung Award for his project in systems software. Rice Middle School student Faizan Zaki achieved success in the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee for the third time and will represent his school and district at the National Scripps Spelling Bee. Zaki will compete in the national competition from May 28 to May 30, 2024, after winning with the word “kurgan.”

Sophia Reynolds

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