City Tech Graduate Jay Gropen Wins First Prize in NFOS College Bowl

Jay Gropen, now a graduate of City Tech’s Vision Care Technology program, is shown here with Professor Kimberly Strickler (left) and National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) President Kristi Green (right). Gropen walked away with the $500 first prize in the NFOS College Bowl. The competition was held in September 2013 at the ABO-NCLE Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sponsored by Essilor of America, the event is modeled on the television show “Jeopardy” and features questions in anatomy and physiology, ophthalmic dispensing, ophthalmic fabrication, contact lenses and optics.

This was the third year in a row that a City Tech student won the award. In addition, it was the fifth time in six years that City Tech won the top prize, beating out students from colleges in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Virginia, Michigan, Washington State, Nevada, New Mexico and North Carolina.