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

By Eleanor Harrison Mar27,2024
Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Plano Independent School District (ISD) students shone at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) in College Station, with more than 1,200 competitors from across the state. Among them, 13 students from Plano ISD stood out, earning a total of 23 awards and distinctions.

One of the highlights was Prisha Bhat’s achievement at Plano East Senior High School. She won the prestigious ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award in life science, senior division, for her project on aqua-arsenic remediation. Bhat’s 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 have been nominated to apply for 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 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 the global stage in Dallas, Texas, from May 12 to 17, 2024.

Several 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.

Another impressive achievement by a Plano ISD student was Faizan Zaki winning the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee title for the third time with his winning word “kurgan.” He has secured a spot at

By Eleanor Harrison

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