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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.


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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!

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!




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™!


Evan strumming his way to Boston!

525615_10151239734610826_31508453_nEvan Andrews, Class of 2017, will be representing the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) at the 2016 Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™. From Kalamazoo, MI,  he actually began university as a theater major specializing in sound design. Evan’s hobbies include guitar-esque instruments, handicrafts of minimal usefulness, European martial arts, and making silly voices.  His goal “Unite the world under a global shadow-government or enter private practice with a focus on specialty contact lenses, whichever calls me back first.” Come cheer him on at OSB!!

Ray’s Grillin’ It!

OSBRay Guimond is from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), University School of Optometry, Class of 2017. His hometown lies in South Windsor, CT. Ray enjoys spending time with family, friends, and watching sports. Ray’s fun fact is that he has been to 8 Major League Baseball ballparks! He is looking forward to grilling the competition this year and going on and successfully practicing medical optometry! Go Ray!!!



Beck from Pacific!

IMG_20160506_120536Rebecca Chung or Beck attends Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO), Class of 2018. Her hometown is in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her hobbies include Zumba, volleyball, hiking and binge watching the Olympics. Beck’s fun fact is that she’s a concert-level pianist with an inner Nicki Minaj that comes out at karaoke — or so she has been told. Her goal is to make PUCO proud, celebrate Fourth of July in Boston like a Canadian & pass boards – in that order of course!

Let’s give it up for Beck at OSB!

David’s coming from ICO to WIN

IMG_3895David Schaeffer will be representing ICO in the 2016 Varilux OSB in Boston! He is in the Class of 2017 from the Illinois College of Optometry. From Birmingham, AL, David enjoys golf and Squash (a high-energy racquet ball game). His Fun Fact is “for a short period of time, I was ranked 3rd in Quiz Up (trivia app) for the state of Illinois in the “A Song of Ice and Fire ” (Game of Thrones book series) category.” His competitive spirit has led him to this goal: “Win the 2016 Varilux OSB! Then, you know, finish becoming an eye doctor.” 

Please cheer him on! Below are some pictures from ICO’s Quiz Bowl!