Every year, students attend Optometry’s Meeting, which will be held in Seattle from June 24-27 this year. During that meeting, Essilor sponsors the National Optometry Student Bowl, where students answer optometric questions to win the national title. In order to see who will represent RSO at this national competition, UIWRSO holds an AOSA Optometry Student Bowl. Not only does it prepare the students for the national level, but it also gives RSO students an opportunity to win travel grants to the Optometry Meeting itself! This year, five students competed at the chance to have a spot in Seattle: Alicia Chacon, Sam Bohl, Melanie Kane, Van Do (all third year students), and Amy Cuevas (second year student).
Let’s see if you can answer the first (test) question:
“Who is the sponsor for the National Optometry Student Bowl?” If you were paying attention like the participants were, you should’ve gotten it right. The answer is Essilor!
That’s when Round 1 started. Round 1 questions were 1 point each (10 questions), Round 2 were 2 points each (10 questions), and Round 3 questions were 3 points each (5 questions). The final round was similar to “Final Jeopardy” in that the students had to wager how many points they wanted to gamble with and try and get ahead.
The set-up was very creative! Students sat in a table-like panel and even had “buzzers” which were lights that turn on when you touch them. There was a timer, Minati Desai, and she was helped by Bobby Olivarez (RSO’s new Trustee-Elect for AOSA) to decide who “buzzed” in first. Students had 10 seconds to answer the question, which was handled by Reid Cluff, AOSA Trustee-Elect for 2014-2015. He also handled the scoreboard. The star of the show, however, was our very own faculty member, Dr. Narayanan, who hosted the Student Optometry Bowl!
Throughout the whole competition, it was a pretty close game between the participants. Professors, as well as students from all years, came to support the contestants, and I even saw someone in the crowd who had a poster that said “Class of 2016!” It was great to see and hear the encouragement from the crowd. In between the rounds, AOSA gave away raffle prizes including Starbucks gift cards and t-shirts (things that all optometry students love). Food from Freebirds was also provided to students, so everyone was excited about that!
After 3 grueling rounds and many points lost and gained with the wager in the final round, the winner of the RSO Optometry Student Bowl was announced: Melanie Kane! She will be representing our school in Seattle in June, and received a grant to attend the event. The runner-ups also got smaller grants for the trip, as well, so everyone was a winner that night. UIWRSO says good luck Melanie and win that national title!