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Students Win Regional Contest.

Duo wins Regional Project Foresight Contest; Advances to National Competition in June

Two members of the Class of 2016 participated in the Annual Project Foresight contest sponsored by Wal-Mart and Sam's Club and won the regional competition and will advance to the National competition at the AOA Meeting in Philedelphia in June.

Deli Shirazian ('16) and Elizabeth Phillips ('16) worked as a team to develop a business plan for the future of optometry and presented it on Friday, May 2, 2014. 

Deli Shirazian and Elizabeth Phillips  Class of 2016 

 They were notified on Monday, May 5, 2014 that they had won the regional competition winning $1,500 scholarship the pair will split and a $750.00 travel grant for both of them to travel to the National AOA meeting in June to compete in the National competition where they will compete to win up to $15,000.00.  

Project Foresight promotes the profession of optometry and incorporates the teachings of the schools of optometry.  The highlights of Wal-Mart Health & Wellness is to provide quality, accessible and affordable healthcare for everyone.   

This year's Project Foresight theme was"What is the future of optometry, patient services, optometric products and practice innovations?"  Shirazian and Phillips created a culturally friendly eye clinic in Los Angeles County California where English is not the predominant language.  The team presented a business plan on building, operating and reaching out to the community.  The duo worked on the presentation creating a real-life simulation on how to start the business. 

The team will also create a poster for the National competition that will be displayed at the Walmart/Sam's Club Dessert Reception at the AOA!  One poster will be chosen as the winner and the team will win an iPad. 

Congratulations to Deli and Elizabeth on the regional win and Good LUCK at the National Competition in June. 

By: Nick Palisch




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