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Taylor 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 our first featured Essilor Optometry Student Bowl (OSB) XXVI contestant, Kevin Drew! Kevin is a Class of 2018 optometry student from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada attending Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.
Kevin enjoys spending time with his bae, Lianne (awww), going to the beach, and eating. He wants to start a family, hopefully buy into an existing multi-OD practice (while still making lots and lots of money – we can all definitely agree on that one), and return to Mozambique, Africa to use the skills he has learned in optometry school to serve people.
Fun fact: Did you know Kevin can belch the ABC’s? Maybe he’ll show us at the Optometry Student Bowl!
Come cheer on Kevin as he pursues the championship!
The exciting Essilor Optometry Student Bowl (OSB) event is back! Join us at Optometry’s Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C. as student contestants from 24 different optometry schools compete for the famous crystal Ventura Cup and a $1,000 grand prize.
Who: Everyone is invited! ODs, optometry students, optometric staff, guests, etc.
What: Essilor OSB XXVI and Reception
When: Thursday, June 22 from 7:30 – 11:00pm
Where: Optometry’s Meeting at Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Why: This is an event you do not want to miss! Where else will you experience the fun of hundreds of cheering ODs and optometry students?
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Register now for Optometry’s Meeting®, June 21-25, 2017!
Here are the top four reasons you’ll want to join us in Washington, D.C., at Optometry’s Meeting and AOA+:
→ LEARN NEW THINGS: Reap the benefits of the same educational program doctors of optometry pay hundreds to get. Optometry’s Meeting offers 180+ hours of education available to students.
→ GET INSPIRED: Stay up to date on the latest technologies and advances in the industry. Visit the exhibit hall to see what’s new.
→ MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR PROFESSION: Help set the future course of optometry—rally on Capitol Hill and join the House of Delegates discussions on the latest in optometry and essential governance updates.
→ CONNECT WITH PEERS: Network at exciting and fun events including AOA+, the AOSA Awards and General Session, the Essilor Optometry Student BowlTM, Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk and more.
Register now for Optometry’s Meeting, the ONLY event that brings the optometric community together to shape the future of the profession. Optometry’s Meeting offers the opportunity for AOSA member students to impact the future of optometric practice and connect with peers, while getting the BEST continuing education in the industry.
►►► Get more information at optometrysmeeting.org
*Register by May 10 for best rates.
Register now for AOA+, the free emerging leaders’ experience on June 21 that kicks off five inspiring days of action and education. AOA+ will plus up your Optometry’s Meeting experience with a rally on Capitol Hill, an exciting keynote address, and networking with optometrists, mentors and your peers. You’ll have even more opportunities to meet with members of Congress and industry leaders throughout the week.
►►► Get more information about AOA+ and travel grants at aoa.org/aoaplus
* Register by March 31 for guaranteed AOA+ travel grants.
“A spectacle lens has an Rx of -4.50 – 1.50 x 045 and has a base curve of +2.00. What is the lens clock reading on the concave surface of the lens along the 135 degree meridian?” was the final question at the 2016 Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™. Evan Andrews gave the winning answer of “-8.00 Diopters.” winning him 1st place at this year’s OSB and 1000$! This is the first time that the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) has taken home the Crystal trophy!
Here are a few words from Evan:
It’s been something like a week and a half now and I still feel the lingering flickers of adrenaline. This has got to be one of the greatest experiences I’ve had: the sound tsunami of the crowd, the anticipation of each question, sharing in the excitement of the other competitors, and, most of all, my fellow MCO students going absolutely bezoomny right down front. If nothing else, I will never ever forget how it felt to have them all cheering me on. Everyone says half the contest is just being the one to buzz in; but all credit for the other half goes to the amazing faculty of MCO and the excellent education I’ve received there. I’m very grateful to everyone who’s been instrumental in putting on the student bowl as well, especially to the namesake of the newly-named Ventura Cup. Thank you all for this opportunity and here’s hoping we keep the trophy in Big Rapids a few more times.
The second place winner, Marshall Ward, class of 2017 at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, received $750 and third place was a tie between, Derek Hennig class of 2017 at Southern College of Optometry and Amy Cuevas class of 2017 at The University of the Incarnate Word who both received $500.
The Southern College of Optometry was chosen as this year’s Spirit Award winner and will create next year’s rules video. For the first time ever there was a tie for the social media-based Virtual Spirit Award between Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry and University of Waterloo, School of Optometry. This year’s winner of the AOSA t-shirt design competition went to University of Houston, College of Optometry.