1,200 Students Showcase Scientific Talents at TXSEF: Plano ISD Wins Multiple Awards and Distinctions

Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

The Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) in College Station saw 1,200 students from Plano Independent School District (ISD) showcase their scientific talents from March 22-23, 2024. These students earned a total of 23 awards and distinctions in various categories.

Prisha Bhat, a senior student from Plano East Senior High School, won the prestigious ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award 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 and were nominated for the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy. One junior division student placed first in their category and has been invited to apply for 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 a global stage in Dallas, Texas, from May 12 to 17, 2024.

The fair also presented special awards to outstanding projects. 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 achievement came when Faizan Zaki, a middle school student from Rice Middle School in Plano ISD, won the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee title for the third time with his winning word “kurgan.” He has now been invited to represent his school and district at the National Scripps Spelling Bee from May 28 to May 30, 2024. For more information about Plano ISD Texas Science and Engineering Fair winners, click here [Source: https://www.planoisd.edu/news/press-releases/plano-isd-students-shine-at-texas-science-and-engineering-fair](https://www.planoisd.edu/news/press-releases/plano-isd-students-shine-at-texas-science-and

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