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

Meet the Contestants: Put your paws together for MCO’s Priya Brown!

My name is Priya Brown and I am a fourth year student at Michigan College of Optometry. I spend most of my time with my two dogs (Pringles and Chips) and my Husband. I love walking my dogs, running my dogs, sitting with my dogs, playing with my dogs, or sleeping with my dogs. If I’m not doing one of those things you can find me somewhere thinking about my dogs. I look forward to finishing optometry school so I can begin my career in this amazing profession and to be able to spend more time with my dogs.

Meet the Contestants: Nova’s Andreas is ready for you to “axe” him questions!

“Hi, my name is Andreas! I live in Clearwater FL, but I was raised in Greece. I love to play soccer, binge-watch TV shows, go axe throwing, and play the occasional Nintendo game (Zelda and Mario FTW). My super power is looking like a slightly cooler version of Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory.”


Meet the Contestants: WUCO’s Adam Glover has got game!

Hi! My name is Adam Glover. I’m a student from the WesternU College of Optometry (WUCO) Class of 2019. My favorite things in this world are optometry, floral prints, Southern California beaches, and Stephen Curry, who I’m 99% sure holds the evidence-based title “Greatest basketball player Of All Time”



When I’m not studying, you can catch me giving lunch-time campus tours to interviewees for a free Panera Bread sandwich or at the local LA Fitness raining down 3 pointers on the heads of my classmates Brandon Betts and Cody Alvarado.  I love optometry for its opportunities to be creative in problem solving and to resolve chief complaints.

I look forward to seeing you all in Denver!

Rocking in DC: Highlights of 2017

2017 Rules Video by SCO ups the stakes in the competition

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!


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.


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!