Monthly Archives: June 2017

ICO’s Taylor Harris Takes Home the Essilor OSB Championship!

2017-OSB.jpgTaylor Harris, a student from the Illinois College of Optometry, propelled his team to victory at the 26th annual Essilor Optometry Student Bowl (OSB) by answering the final question concerning the correct contact lens power to order for an infant with an aphakic eye. In addition to bragging rights, the Illinois College of Optometry took home $1,000 and the coveted crystal trophy, renamed the “Ventura Cup” last year to honor Essilor’s Danne Ventura, FAAO, one of the event’s founders.

Second-place winner, Fernando Elias from the New England College of Optometry, received $750 and third-place winner, Brennen Yaquinto from the Ohio State University received $500. As in previous years, each OSB contestant was presented with a Volk Pan Retinal 2.2 blue ringed lens, generously donated by Volk Optical president Pete Mastores. Additional awards included:

• Spirit Award: University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL) who will create next year’s rules video.
• The social media-based AOSA Virtual Spirit Award was awarded jointly to Kentucky College of Optometry and Northeastern State University – Oklahoma College of Optometry.
• AOSA T-shirt design competition: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCPHS).

More than 2,000 attendees gathered to watch the contestants—students from all 24 schools and colleges of optometry—answer optometry-related questions while their fellow classmates energetically cheered them on wearing war paint, school colors and displaying brightly colored banners. This year, the OSB welcomed the University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Optometry as a first-time participant.

“Year after year, the Essilor Optometry Student Bowl continues to be a highlight of the conference and this year is no exception,” said Rod Tahran, OD, FAAO, vice president of professional relations and clinical affairs for Essilor of America and event co-creator. “We have had the privilege of challenging optometry students by putting their knowledge into practice in a fun and competitive setting for more than 25 years, and it’s been an honor to watch them excel in furthering their own careers and while making a lasting impact on the industry.”

Meet the Judges!

We wouldn’t have an OSB without our judges. Come out TONIGHT @ 7:30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Ballroom to meet the judges!

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SCO’s Alex is Here to Win!

Last, but definitely not least, meet Alex Soliz ’18 from Longview, TX representing Southern College of Optometry (SCO).

She enjoys swimming, disc golf, and taking way too many pictures of her dog. She also once kissed a giraffe in Kenya! Evidence here:

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Welcome to the OSB, Alex!

PCO’s Leslie is Traveling to Win the OSB

Here’s Salus University – Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s (PCO) contestant, Leslie Gauntlett ’18 from Tyngsborough, MA.

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Her hobbies include soccer, basketball games, and laughing.

Fun Fact: She’s broken every finger on her right hand, but she managed to still be right handed.

Her goal is to finally find a place she calls home and still be able to travel incessantly.

Warm welcome for Leslie, everyone!

 

Ryan is Here to Take Home the Trophy for P-U..C-O!!

PUCO_RyanDugan2Meet Ryan Dugan ’18 from Portland, OR representing Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO).

He loves all things outdoors and recently learned his 50 states. His goal is to someday serve as faculty at P-U….C-O!

Come out tonight at 7:30pm to hear Ryan chant “P-U..C-O” and maybe take home the trophy!

OSU’s Brennen YaqWINto is Here to Win

unnamed (2)This guy here is Brennen Yaquinto ’18 from Stow, OH representing Ohio State University. He enjoys cooking, homebrewing/wine making, baseball, bicycling, napping, and fishing.

Fun Fact: He went to Game 7 of the World Series in Cleveland.

 

Goal: Open up a practice in pediatrics.

As a bonus, OSU made this amazing optometry video. Check it out!

Let’s give Brennen a warm welcome to the OSB!

AZCOPT: Ana’s Tangoing Her Way to the OSB

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Meet Arizona College of Optometry’s (AZCOPT) Ana Zeek ’18 from Seattle, WA.

Hobbies: Dancing tango and watching Netflix.

Fun fact: Her cat has more Instagram followers than her fiancé.
Goal: Move to Costa Rica and provide eye care for underserved populations.

Come out and tango with Ana!

IAUPR’s Stephanie is Climbing to the Top!

Stephanie Hubbard ’18 from Sanford, NC will be representing Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR).

Hobbies: Soccer and all activities involving water.

Fun fact: She once worked at KFC for a summer job.

Goal: To never stop learning.

Watch Stephanie in action tomorrow night!

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Essilor Optometry Student Bowl XXVI Contestants!

Meet our 2017 Essilor OSB XXVI contestants! These contestants represent 24 different optometry schools all across the country. Please join us for a night of friendly competition and fun TOMORROW, June 22 @ 7:30pm at the Walter E. Convention Center.

Read about each contestant HERE:

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NECO’s Fernando: Will His Lifting Skills Win Him the Trophy?

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Meet Fernando Elias ’18 from Miami, Florida representing New England College of Optometry (NECO) at the OSB.

Hobbies: lifting things up and putting them back down.

Fun Fact: He once competed in an Oscar Meyer wiener singing commercial.

Goals: Make it through 4th year

Will Fernando sing the Oscar Meyer wiener song for us? Come out to the OSB TOMORROW at 7:30pm to find out!