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Winner’s Post: The Force is strong with Evan!


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.


Meet the Judges


Contestant Map

finalcontestantmap2016As the student contestants begin their journeys towards Optometry’s Meeting in Boston, we wish them the safest of travels! We also hope that you all can join us at the Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™ on Thursday 7:30 PM. We have a band playing all night, along with raffle prizes including Volk lenses, Samsung tablets, sunglasses, and lots more! So have fun, dress up and come cheer loud for your school’s contestant!

Marshall aims his Frisbee at OSB!

Marshall Ward PictureThe contestant from Salus University – Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) is Marshall Ward, Class of 2017. Marshall is from Southern Pines, NC. He has watched all of the Gilmore Girls 3 times and confessed that “It just keeps getting better.” When not laughing to his favorite show, Marshall enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, running, hiking, and basketball. In fact, his goal is to become best friends with Kobe Bryant. We wish him the best on the upcoming Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™!

Kenneth plays the game of OSB

2016-06-20 (1)Kenneth Van is the OSB contestant for Western University of Health Sciences – College of Optometry (WUCO), which is not too far from his hometown — Simi Valley, CA. His fun fact is that he has a concave chest. When not flexing his pectus excavatum he enjoys board games, video games, and watching superhero movies. Kenneth’s is goals are to become an optometrist, start a family, buy a house, and own a small size indoor dog. Come cheer him on in Boston for the optometry student bowl!



Karen to take down the competition!


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Karen Levy is in the Class of 2017 and will be representing the SUNY College of Optometry at OSB this year! Karen’s from Beacon, NY and her hobbies include running, lifting, hiking and going to concerts. She claims to be the only person in the world who prefers the end pieces in a loaf of bread. Her goal is to take down the competition and bring home the win for SUNY! Cheer her on in Boston for OM16!





Brent’s Making a Big Splash at OSB!

Ocean picBrent Hume is in the Class of 2017, Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO). His hometown lies in Sheridan, IN. Brent loves swimming and playing Clash of Clans with his son. His fun fact: “I was the only person on my high school football team who needed a small helmet.” Brent’s goal is to convince his wife they don’t need 4 more children! Let’s give it up for Brent at OSB!

Courtney takes the bite at OSB!

12787_10152574449489234_988016406104802169_nMeet Courtney Stuck from The New England College of Optometry (NECO), Class of 2017. Courtney’s hometown is in South Bend, Indiana. Her hobbies include building overly elaborate Halloween costumes, making perfectly-executed Chewbacca noises and drinking orange mocha frappuccinos with her male model friends! Courtney’s really good at eating competitions, she says “I beat 9 other men at a pie-eating contest by eating almost 2 entire 5 pound pies in under 5 minutes and to quote my inspiration, Ron Swanson “Why is everyone else so bad at eating?” Her goal is to make her mom proud by winning OSB 2016 and successfully graduate next year as a passionate optometrist who can finally have an entire personal pizza delivered and when it arrives gently whisper “Ahhh, just what the doctor ordered.” Come cheer on Courtney at OSB!




Kelly’s ready for OSB!

IMG_3451Kelly Cleary is from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (UABSO), Class of 2017. She comes from Albany, GA and continues to enjoy running, working in the yard with her husband — Ben, cooking, skiing, and playing with her pups, Nelli and Petey. Kelly’s fun fact is “my 1st time having eyes dilated was optometry school, and I have a CHRPE that looks like a yin yang symbol according to my classmates.” Her goal is “to run a half marathon every year until I’m 85! …then I’ll consider running a full marathon ;)” We wish Kelly the best at OSB!




Stephen climbs his way to the top!

6-16-16Stephen Ridder is representing the Marshall B. Ketchum University, School of Optometry  (MKBU), also known as, the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) and is currently in the Class of 2017! His hometown lies in Anaheim, California. Stephen does not turn down a chance to go backpacking, rock climbing, cycling, hiking, and explore the great outdoors!

Besides winning the student bowl, Stephen wants to backpack the Laugavegurinn trail in Iceland (rumored to be where Tolkien visited immediately before writing the Lord of the Rings novels). We welcome Stephen to the Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™!