Students, faculty, and staff from the Illinois College of Optometry traveled to Washington, D.C. for Optometry’s Meeting 2017. ICO participated in all aspects of the conference between June 20 and 24, from research presentations to an American Optometric Association rally on Capitol Hill.
The weekend was full of wins for ICO. Students Aaron Nichols and Mohammed Johma won Second Place in the Walmart/Sam’s Club Project Foresight National Scholarship Competition. Their presentation, “Wishful Eyes,” earned the team $5,000.
Perhaps the biggest ICO story out of Optometry’s Meeting was the Essilor Optometry Student Bowl. For the first time in 26 years, ICO took the Ventura Cup. Taylor Harris won the competition after a nail-biting finish. He explains, “The Final Jeopardy round was intense. One contestant had more points than me, but I wagered my points strategically and ended up on top!” The moment Harris defeated his rival, ICO students in zombie-themed attire flooded the stage to lift the champion off of his feet.
Throughout the meeting, ICO had an exhibitor table as well as an Alumni and Friends reception. Informal groups got together to see the city’s famous attractions and monuments. Thank you the AOA and AOSA for a fantastic event. We look forward to 2018 in Denver, Colorado!
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