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Adam Young, ’14, and Marion Harris, ’13, were recently honored at the 44th conference of the National Optometric Association (NOA) in Toronto, Canada.
Young, a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, and a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, received an award. He earned the Cave Memorial Award, a scholarship sponsored by the NOA to recognize a student who has made a positive impact in the minority community.
Harris, a native of Leland, Mississippi, and a graduate of Mississippi State University, also received the Dr. David W. White, Jr., Memorial Scholarship. Sponsored by the Mississippi Chapter of the NOA, the award recognizes an outstanding optometry student planning to practice in Mississippi.
Young serves as SCO’s NOSA President. Also attending the NOA meeting was Brian Knight, ’14, SCO’s NOSA Treasurer. Knight accepted the Dr. David W. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship award on Harris’s behalf as she was unable to attend.
Young also presented a Powerpoint presentation to attendees of the conference about NOSA’s opportunity to help with a new program called Success in Sight. Success in Sight, founded by Dr. Janette Dumas, is a two-day, on campus program used to enhance SCO’s commitment to diversity and recruitment of minority students by introducing competitive minority high school students to the profession of optometry. Students were presented information and personal experiences that will assist participants in developing an understanding of the optometric profession, clinical care, and education preparation required for admission to optometry school.
Pictured is a group photo of many of the attendees at the conference. Next year, the National Optometric Association conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.