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:
Welcome to the OSB, Alex!
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!
Meet Ryan Dugan ’18 from Portland, OR representing Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO).
He loves all things outdoors and recently learned his 50 states. His goal is to someday serve as faculty at P-U….C-O!
Come out tonight at 7:30pm to hear Ryan chant “P-U..C-O” and maybe take home the trophy!
This guy here is Brennen Yaquinto ’18 from Stow, OH representing Ohio State University. He enjoys cooking, homebrewing/wine making, baseball, bicycling, napping, and fishing.
Fun Fact: He went to Game 7 of the World Series in Cleveland.
Goal: Open up a practice in pediatrics.
As a bonus, OSU made this amazing optometry video. Check it out!
Let’s give Brennen a warm welcome to the OSB!
Stephanie Hubbard ’18 from Sanford, NC will be representing Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR).
Hobbies: Soccer and all activities involving water.
Fun fact: She once worked at KFC for a summer job.
Goal: To never stop learning.
Watch Stephanie in action tomorrow night!
Meet Fernando Elias ’18 from Miami, Florida representing New England College of Optometry (NECO) at the OSB.
Hobbies: lifting things up and putting them back down.
Fun Fact: He once competed in an Oscar Meyer wiener singing commercial.
Goals: Make it through 4th year
Will Fernando sing the Oscar Meyer wiener song for us? Come out to the OSB TOMORROW at 7:30pm to find out!
Ellen Butts ’18 is from Hopewell, PA and will be representing NOVA at the OSB.
Her hobbies include traveling, brunching, and making Snapchat masterpieces. She loves Halloween, mostly because she loves candy and she takes pride in her costume making skills. Needless to say, she’s pretty pumped about wearing costumes to the OSB.
She hopes to complete a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses, move closer to her family, open a practice, and welcome a Savannah cat into her family.
Come out Thursday night and Snapchat the OSB event with the Snapchat Queen herself!
Meet Indiana University School of Optometry’s (IU) contestant, Sean Stille ’18 from Elmwood, NE.
Sean comes from a big family – he’s kid #4 out of 6! He loves to play golf, watch Husker football, play video games and board games, and hang out with his wife Miranda and their cat, Lola.
His goal is to be the very best, like no one ever was (we love the reference). He wants to work in a multi-doctor private practice, and eventually do a mission trip or volunteer at a city mission clinic.
Come out this Thursday to watch Sean catch ’em all!
Amy Henderson ’18 from Oxford, Alabama is representing the University of Alabama School of Optometry (UAB). Her hobbies include going to the farmer’s market, scuba diving, and trying new foods.
Her fun facts prove she is very active:
- She biked 500 miles across Spain last summer with her dad.
- She enjoys going on night dives when scuba diving.
- She was a cheerleader for Auburn University for three years.
Amy has multiple goals:
- To use the education and skills that she has acquired for mission trips around the world.
- To establish herself in a community as an optometrist and make a difference in that community.
- To check off everything on her bucket list.
Amy, let us do the cheering for you this time. Welcome to the OSB!
Say hello to Maxime Paré ’18 from Université de Montréal (UM). This French-speaking Canadian was born in Gaspé, Québec with one goal in mind: to win the Optometry Student Bowl.
When Maxime was younger, he wanted to become an airplane pilot. Unfortunately, his esotropia prevented him from doing so. He began researching about esotropia and optometry in general, which eventually led to enrollment in optometry school.
When he’s not studying, Maxime enjoys skiing, fishing, and horseback riding.
Although his AOSA Trustee term has ended, he’s still involved with legislative optometry by acting as Vice President of the UM Student Association.
Please give Maxime a warm welcome to the OSB!