ICO's Nora Kuby Takes Top Honors at the 28th Annual AOSA Optometry Student Bowl, Powered by Essilor


Nora Kuby
ST. LOUIS—Illinois College of Optometry's (ICO) Nora Kuby took home top honors at this year's AOSA (American Optometric Student Association) Student Bowl (OSB), powered by Essilor of America, the 28th annual edition of the competition. The Student Bowl is always a major event for the students, faculties, friends and supporters of the national's optometric school. This year, for the first time in its history, the OSB was held offsite at The Pageant, an iconic concert hall in the heart of Delmar Loop, held here during Optometry's Meeting.

More than 850 attendees gathered to watch the contestants. Students from 25 schools and colleges of optometry answered optometry-related questions while their classmates energetically cheered them on wearing war paint, school colors and displaying brightly colored banners.

“Essilor is invested in the future of our industry and we are continuously looking for ways to create value for optometry students.We’re honored to host the AOSA Optometry Student Bowl again, and we’ve enjoyed how the excitement for this event has grown more and more every year,” said Dr. Ryan Parker, director of professional education at Essilor of America, “I’m looking forward to working with this upcoming generation of eyecare professionals.I know these bright minds will take the eyecare field by storm.”

In addition to bragging rights, the winning school, the Illinois College of Optometry, represented by Kuby, took home $1,000 and will house the coveted Ventura Cup until next year’s meeting in Washington D.C. They were also awarded with a host of diagnostic lenses from Volk Optical and a portable slit lamp from Keeler.


Second-place winner, the University of Waterloo College of Optometry, represented by Jen Duimering, received $750, and two schools tied for third-place—the University of California Berkley College of Optometry, represented by Lucas Wilson, and the Ohio State University College of Optometry represented by Brianna Farley—with both taking home $500. As in previous years, all OSB contestants were presented with a Volk Pan Retinal 2.2 blue-ringed lens, generously donated by Volk Optical.

The event's Spirit Award went to the Michigan College of Optometry, who will create next year’s “hype video,” which will be played at the beginning of the event. The Oklahoma College of Optometry won the social media-based Virtual Spirit Award.

In addition to taking the trophy, the Illinois College of Optometry won the AOSA T-shirt design competition and the Southern College of Optometry snagged second place.

This year’s prestigious panel of judges included:

  • Lead Judge - Dr. Linda Casser, professor at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, author, educator, clinician and 1997 American Optometric Association (AOA) Optometrist of the Year.
  • Dr. Diane Adamczyk, author, lecturer, professor at State University of New York College of Optometry and 2016 PCO Alumna of the Year.
  • Dr. Sue Oleszewski, professor emerita for Salus University, clinical educator and administrator.
  • Dr. Bill Reynolds, VP of the American Optometric Association, past president of the Kentucky Optometric Association and the 1998 and 2011 Kentucky Optometrist of the Year.
  • Dr. Karla Zadnik, past president of the American Optometric Association, Dean at the Ohio State University College of Optometry, National Optometry Hall of Fame Inductee and past president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.
To see more of the excitement from this year’s AOSA Optometry Student Bowl powered by Essilor, visit https://ecpu.com/optometry/studentBowl/.