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Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Plano Independent School District (ISD) students displayed their scientific talents at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) held in College Station from March 22-23, 2024. Over 1,200 students from various schools competed in different scientific categories. Out of these, 13 students from Plano ISD earned an impressive total of 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 innovative methods demonstrated improved plant tolerance to drought and arsenic contamination.

In addition to Bhat’s achievement, eleven senior division students from Plano ISD secured top positions in their categories and have been selected to attend the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy. One junior division student also placed first in their category and has been nominated for 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 May 17, 2024.

Several special awards were presented at the fair including Hiruni Wansapura from Robinson Middle School receiving the ‘Engineers of Tomorrow Award’ while Andy Qin from Plano West Senior High School was honored with 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 National Scripps Spelling Bee. Zaki will compete against other talented spellers nationwide from May 28 to May 30, 2024 after winning with word “kurgan”.

By Samantha Jones

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