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Plano ISD Students Shine at Texas Science and Engineering Fair, Win 23 Awards

Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Plano ISD Students Shine at Texas Science and Engineering Fair, Win 23 Awards

In College Station, Texas, Plano Independent School District (ISD) students showcased their scientific talents at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) over March 22-23, 2024. Among the more than 1,200 competitors from across the state, 13 students from Plano ISD stood out and earned a total of 23 awards and distinctions.

Prisha Bhat from Plano East Senior High School took home the prestigious ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award in life science for her project on aqua-arsenic remediation. Bhat’s innovative methods aimed to enhance plant tolerance to drought and arsenic contamination.

Eleven senior division students from Plano ISD secured top positions in their categories at the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy. Additionally, 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 a global stage in Dallas, Texas, from May 12 to 17, 2024.

Several special awards were presented at the fair, including Hiruni Wansapura from Robinson Middle School receiving the ‘Engineers of Tomorrow Award’ for her work in environmental engineering and Andy Qin from Plano West Senior High School receiving the Samsung Award for his project in systems software.

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

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