I've been to some crazy sporting events in my life, but never anything quite like the Optometry Student Bowl held in Seattle last week.
Have a look at what it was like outside the venue before the doors opened and it turned into a ballroom blitz. Pandemonium continued to reign inside as the Seattle Seahawks' drum line introduced each of 23 contestants who would vie Jeopardy-style to buzz in with the correct answers to tough questions on their optometry knowledge. In the end, Nicole Rist of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry prevailed over Sarah Gliniecki of the Michigan College of Optometry to win $1,000 and a glittery trophy for her school.
And if that wasn't enough, we also were attempting to break a Guinness World Record for "Most People Wearing Sunglasses in the Dark." Here's a clip of the drum line counting us down toward the end of the 5-minute record-breaking attempt.
Of course, I was impressed by the students' knowledge and performance under pressure. But it was also delightful to see how the American Optometric Association welcomed hundreds of ODs-to-be from the American Optometric Student Association as full partners in Optometry's Meeting. The AOA knows students are the profession's future, and the students bring high-wattage enthusiasm to the event.
Read more about the 2015 Optometry Student Bowl, including the winning question.