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Fifteen Plano ISD Students Named Semifinalists in National Siemens Science Competition with Two Awarded as Regional Finalists

October 19, 2016

Siemens logoOn October 18, fifteen Plano ISD students were announced among 498 of their peers across the country as semifinalists in the prestigious Siemens Science Competition.

Congratulations, semifinalists:

  • Brian Nguyen, Plano East Senior High School
  • Alexandru Spiride, Plano East Senior High School
  • Team: Adhya Beesam and Shriya Beesam, Plano East Senior High School
  • Team: Yesh Doctor and Kshitij Sachan, Plano East Senior High School
  • Joycelyn Yiu, Plano Senior High School
  • Team: Burzin Balsara and Malav Shah, Plano Senior High School
  • Ritvik Annam, Plano West Senior High School
  • Brian Ho, Plano West Senior High School
  • Nicky Wojtania, Plano West Senior High School
  • Team: Wenyao Li and Jesse Zou, Plano West Senior High School
  • Team: David Yue, Jasper High School and Afeefah Khazi-Syed, Harmony School of Innovation, Fort Worth (not a Plano ISD student)

On October 19, a team of two of the Plano ISD semifinalists achieved regional finalist.

Congratulations, regional finalists:

  • Adhya Beesam and Shriya Beesam, Plano East Senior High School

Of the 498 national semifinalists, 96 regional finalists were invited to move to the next level of competition. Regional finalist will go on to compete in one of six regional competitions virtually hosted over three consecutive weekends in November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (November 4-5); Georgia Institute of Technology (November 4-5); University of Notre Dame (November 11-12); The University of Texas at Austin (November 11-12); California Institute of Technology (November 18-19); and Carnegie Mellon University (November 18-19).

Winners of the regional events will then advance to the final phase of the competition, National Finals at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., December 5-6, 2016, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000. A complete list of finalists and their projects will be available at www.siemens-foundation.org preceding each regional event held in November.

The Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology in 1999. The competition is the nation’s premiere science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines.

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