Plano ISD Students Shine at Texas Science and Engineering Fair: Winning Awards and Qualifying for Regeneron ISEF

Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

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

Prisha Bhat, a student from Plano East Senior High School, took home the prestigious ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award in life science, senior division, 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, earning spots 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 the 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.

In another achievement, Faizan Zaki, a student from Rice Middle School in Plano ISD, clinched the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee title for the third time. His winning word was “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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