June 16, 2024

Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair, with Prisha Bhat Earning ‘Best in the State’ Award

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Plano ISD Shines at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Plano Independent School District (ISD) showcased its students’ scientific and engineering talents at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) held in College Station from March 22-23, 2024. More than 1,200 students from across the state competed in various scientific categories, and Plano ISD emerged as a standout with 13 of its students earning awards and recognitions.

Among these accolades was Prisha Bhat’s ‘Best in the State of Texas’ award in life science for her innovative project on aqua-arsenic remediation that focused on enhancing plant tolerance to drought and arsenic contamination. Bhat, a senior at Plano East Senior High School, received this prestigious recognition for her exceptional work.

In addition to Bhat’s achievement, 11 senior division students from Plano ISD secured top positions in their respective 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 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.

Special awards were presented to outstanding projects at the fair, with Hiruni Wansapura receiving the ‘Engineers of Tomorrow Award’ for her work in environmental engineering, while Andy Qin received the Samsung Award for his project in systems software.

Apart from these achievements, Faizan Zaki clinched the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee title for the third time with his winning word “kurgan.” This feat earned him a spot at the National Scripps Spelling Bee from May 28 to May 30, 2024. Zaki represents Rice Middle School in Plano ISD at this national competition.

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