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Plano ISD Students Shine at Texas Science and Engineering Fair: 13 Awards and Counting!

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 27, 2024
Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

The Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) showcased the incredible talents of Plano Independent School District (ISD) students in College Station from March 22-23, 2024. Over 1,200 students from various scientific categories competed, and among them, 13 students from Plano ISD shone brightly, earning a total of 23 awards and distinctions.

One student who stood out was Prisha Bhat from Plano East Senior High School, who won the prestigious ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award in life science, senior division for her project on aqua-arsenic remediation. Bhat’s project focused on enhancing plant tolerance to drought and arsenic contamination through innovative methods.

Eleven senior division students from Plano ISD secured top positions in their categories and have been nominated to apply to the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy. Additionally, one junior division student placed first in their category 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.

Several special awards were presented at the fair, including the ‘Engineers of Tomorrow Award’ to Hiruni Wansapura from Robinson Middle School for her work in environmental engineering and the Samsung Award to Andy Qin from Plano West Senior High School for his project in systems software.

In another achievement, Faizan Zaki clinched 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

By Samantha Johnson

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