Derek Hennig, Class of 2017, is representing the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) for OSB 25! His hometown is Charleston, Illinois. Derek participates in all kinds of athletics like hiking, biking, and fishing. He also enjoys listening to music and going to Bible study. He says “My fun fact is that I played in a Christian band for three years during undergrad and recorded two albums!” Derek’s goal is to live a Christ-centered life, letting Him guide and control his marriage, family life, patient care, and optometric goals.
Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation, The Vision Council, The American Optometric Student Association and Essilor of America are aiming to make history at this year’s Optometry’s Meeting® in Seattle, Washington, by breaking a Guinness World Record™ for “the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark.” The event will be held Thursday, June 25, during the 24th Annual Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™.
“We are holding this event, in part, to celebrate ‘National Sunglasses Day,’ June 27, and to bring awareness to the dangers of UV light on the visual system,” said Mike Daley, CEO of The Vision Council and board member of Optometry Cares.
So grab a friend, pick up a pair of sunglasses and help raise awareness for the importance of eye and vision care!
We would like to recognize the past winners of the Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™. Every year, each optometry school sends in their finest student to test their knowledge, speed, and nerves against each other, the distinguished judges, and hundreds of screaming fans! The contestants may have undergone extensive training, studying, and simulations to prepare for such a feat. The winner brings home bragging rights for their entire school! So bring your school spirit to OSB and make your contestant a part of this legend!
|Ron Sayers||1992||OSU College of Optometry||Chicago|
|Shane Laster||1993||NSU College of Optometry||St. Louis|
|Shane Laster||1994||NSU College of Optometry||Newport Beach|
|Andy Feltz||1995||OSU College of Optometry||Memphis|
|David Leonard||1996||SCCO Southern California College of Optometry||Portland|
|Gregg Steele||1997||UAB College of Optometry||Birmingham|
|Jason Miller||1998||OSU College of Optometry||Houston|
|Robert Rhodes||1999||NOVA College of Optometry||Ft. Lauderdale|
|William Witt||2000||NSU College of Optometry||New York|
|Bill Barnes||2001||PCO Pennsylvania College of Optometry||St. Louis|
|Bradley N. Hines||2002||UAB College of Optometry||Philadelphia|
|Michael Monson||2003||SCO Southern College of Optometry||San Diego|
|Kari Burchett||2004||SCO Southern College of Optometry||Orlando|
|Shawn Beilby||2005||SCO Southern College of Optometry||Dallas|
|Marisa Chung||2006||UCB University of Berkeley||Las Vegas|
|Hanish Patel||2007||SUNY State University New York||Boston|
|Brian Snydsman||2008||UCB University of Berkeley||Seattle|
|Aarlan Aceto||2009||NECO New England College of Optometry||Washington, DC|
|Andrew Treece||2010||UAB College of Optometry||Orlando|
|Ian McWherter||2011||PCO Pennsylvania College of Optometry||Salt Lake City|
|Karen Lee||2012||IU Indiana University College of Optometry||Chicago|
|David Zimmerman (UAB) Blake Dornstauder (NOVA)||2013||TIE – UAB, NOVA||San Diego|