Monthly Archives: April 2016

John Joins the Student Bowl!

John FischerJohn Fischer will be representing the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry at the 2016 Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™. From Hermitage, PA, John’s hobbies include playing sports, video games, and watching TV.  His goal is to have a successful practice and in the future he hopes to coach wrestling and track and field.  Too bad OSB isn’t a game of Quidditch, John wanted to let you know that he can “quote all the Harry Potter movies (mostly).” 

Cale is on the Rail to Success!

Cale Fulps is from the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO). His hometown lies in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Cale’s hobbies include hunting and fishing. We are all curious to know how, “How did Cale raise his pet squirrel named “Phil?” His goal is to use optometry to make a positive impact in the lives of others!

Come cheer him on at OSB!!

OSB welcomes Cara from NOVA!

cara smithCara Smith is from NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry, Class of 2017. She grew up in Arlington, Texas as the youngest child in a large family – 4 brothers and 3 sisters! Her hobbies include going to the beach or pool and Netflixin’. Cara’s goal is to serve as an optometrist in rural areas of the U.S! Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™ welcomes Cara to the competition!


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Jourdyn Smarker Races towards OSB!


Jourdyn Smarker is the student bowl contestant for UMSL in Boston this year! From the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, Class of 2017, Jourdyn’s been training for OSB just like how she trains for her marathons! She has completed two half marathons and one full marathon! It’s going to be a tight race, but will Jourdyn emerge in first place? Please cheer her on in the Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™ XXV!!!

Hometown: Excelsior Springs, MO
Hobbies: Running/ working out, reading
Goal: Open a boutique, eventually!


Amy Ruzicka’s Crushing it!

Amy winning prizes, but can she take home the OSB trophy?

Amy Ruzicka is from the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO), class of 2017.  She’s a proven leader by holding leadership positions in many organizations including Student Government Association, AOSA-Political Action Committee, Students’ Texas Optometric Association, Gold Key International Honor Society and Sports Vision Association. Amy says that her hobbies include volunteering, dancing, hiking, walking the dogs, boating, swimming, and traveling. Her hometown is in Milford, CT, but she has traveled all over the States. On her bucket list, Amy wants to attend NFL games at all 32 stadiums! She’s going down her list “7 down…25 to go!”

In the future, Amy hopes to complete a residency, possibly in vision therapy, open her own practice, advocate for optometry, continue to be a leader in optometry, and have a family.

Please cheer her on at OM16!

Connect with Amy on LinkedIn

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