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

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, over 1,200 students competed in various scientific categories. Among them, Plano Independent School District (ISD) students stood out and earned a total of 23 awards and distinctions.

Prisha Bhat from Plano East Senior High School won the prestigious ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award in life science, senior division, for her project on aqua-arsenic remediation. Her innovative methods focused on enhancing 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 have 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.

Special awards were presented to outstanding projects at the fair as well. 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 from Rice Middle School clinched the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee title for the third time with his winning word “kurgan.” He has secured a spot at the National Scripps Spelling Bee and will represent his school and district at

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