On April 9, six Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students participated in and won the Student Bowl at the California Student Conclave in San Diego. This was the 4th annual Student Conclave, held by the California Physical Therapy Association. The Student Bowl is a quiz competition consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions pertaining to all areas of physical therapy. According to CPTA, “The 2016 Student Bowl…will include teams of 3-5 persons per PT or PTA┬áprogram that will compete in a fast paced jeopardy style competition to see which PT and PTA program has the “brainiest” students!”

Our Chapman team of “the brainiest students” included a collaborative team, consisting of three different cohorts in the DPT program. Returning champion Devin Duval, along with Kristin Seid, Emily Rice, Nina Lee, and Amanda Maffris, led by team captain and number-one fan Kelly Isaacs. The students succeeded in defeating the reigning champions from San Diego State University in the initial round and Western University of Health Sciences in the finals.

Second year team member Emily Rice said of her experience, “It’s great to take back the title for Chapman U, and even more meaningful that students from multiple cohorts could all be a part of the team.”

The students were excited for the opportunity to show off their education and have a friendly competition. They also had a vested interest to bring back the winning title to Chapman, as the last time our DPT students competed in the Student Bowl was in 2014, when they defeated the University of Southern California in the final round. Devin Duval ’16, was a member of that team, making him the first student in CPTA Student Conclave history to be a two-time Student Bowl victor.┬áThis win also makes Chapman the only school that has ever been two for two, and the team hopes the winning streak will be continued at next year’s Bowl.

First year Nina Lee stated, “Winning exemplifies our ability to work together and demonstrates the collective knowledge we have gained through our studies at Chapman that shined above the other schools.”

Amanda Maffris adds that the competition and victory, “Made me really proud to be a part of the Chapman DPT family!”

Crean College sends a big congratulations to the team for their accomplishment and thank you to DPT Assistant Professor, Dr. Sara Gilliland, for advising the team prior to the event.

Thank you to DPT student and Student Bowl winner, Kelly Isaacs ’17, for contributing content for this article! Additional content and editing by Molly Fitzpatrick.