Monthly Archives: June 2018

Meet the Contestants: SCO’s Chado will win it by a beard!

My name is Brian Chado. I am a 4th year student at the Southern College of Optometry. A little about me, I am from Frederick, MD and love anything outdoors. I like to go rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and traveling! I am excited for the Student bowl, AOA meeting and to see Denver! 

Meet the Contestants: A Salute to Berkeley’s Fiona Yuan

Hi! My name is Fiona Yuan and I’m a Bay Area native. I’m a 4th year at UC Berkeley School of Optometry and this is my first year attending Optometry’s Meeting.

Fun facts: I will be entering the Army after graduation. You’ll never see me wearing jeans ever. I once won a car in a raffle when I was 10 years old but they refused to give the car to me because I was under 18. I suffer from RBF but I’m actually pretty nice.

Superpowers: Spotting random shibas on the street. Petting other people’s dogs. Winning prizes in raffles.

Hoosier Contestant? Ali Norton from IU!

I’m a born and raised Hoosier who loves to spend time with my family and my perfect goldendoodle whenever I’m not busy studying. Fun fact, I was the varsity kicker for my high school football team.

Distinguished Judges are ready to rule!

Look who’s coming to Denver!

Meet the Contestants: UHCO’s Bui plans to dance to victory!

  • Name: Sandra Bui
  • Class Year: 2019
  • School: University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • School involvement: Former AOSA Trustee, NOSA President and Vice President, Noteservice Coordinator, OptoPrep Representative, Clinic Open Lab Coordinator.
  • Featured as the “January 2017 Student in Focus” for
  • I enjoy karaoke and dancing (bad at both, but always a good time. Catch me on the dance floor at OM!)
  • I absolutely love chocolate and steak. I usually have chocolate on me to munch on (wish I can say the same about steak). I always tell my classmates to find me if they ever need a chocolate pick-me-up 😊
  • Bunnies are my favorite animal, but love all animals – fiance and I have a Great Dane who weighs more than me!
  • Getting married to my high school sweetheart next year (2019 is our 10 year anniversary), and my Maid of Honor is also a 2019 optometry student that I’ve known since middle school
  • Hope to stay in Houston, work in a private practice setting, give back to the community when time permits, and continue developing lifelong friendships at optometry conferences like OM.
  • Can’t wait for the OSB!! Win or lose, I know we will all have a fantastic time.

Meet the Contestants: AZCOPT’s Jessica Ruxton scoping a win!

I was a collegiate athlete in precision target shooting. Go Wolf Pack!  

I love to hike and spend time with friends and family.

My favorite food is nachos.

Meet the Contestants: Waterloo’s Morgan Jackson speaks the language of OSB victory

I am an Island girl from Victoria, BC, Canada. I grew up riding motorcycles and playing softball on Canada’s West Coast. Now, I attend the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry, I rock climb, go for runs and hikes with my husky, and I’m getting married to my best friend in August. I love dill pickles and the Lord of the Rings and if I had a superpower it would be to speak every language in the world. I’m 5.3″ but I like to think I’m taller and I’m travelling to Senegal, West Africa in July.

Meet the Contestants: NECO’s Jimmy is in it to Nguyen it!

Name: Jimmy Nguyen
Hometown: East Hartford, CT
Nicknames: Yimmy or third eye raven
Hobbies: cooking, traveling, sleeping, getting my haircut
Interesting fact: Was an English teacher in Thailand in a past life
Goals: avoiding awkward situations and making it through 4th year