From Local to Global: Plano ISD Students Shine at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

In March 2024, Plano Independent School District (ISD) students showcased their talents at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) in College Station. The fair attracted over 1,200 students who competed in various scientific categories. Among them, 13 students from Plano ISD stood out, earning a total of 23 awards and distinctions.

Prisha Bhat, a student from Plano East Senior High School, won the prestigious ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award in life science, senior division. 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 were nominated for spots at the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy.

In addition to these achievements, 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 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.

Another outstanding achievement was Faizan Zaki winning 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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