The Ohio State University at Newark


Students Recognized for Academic Achievement at Ohio State Newark

May 3, 2021

As the academic year comes to an end, The Ohio University at Newark recognizes its top undergraduate students. The Robert A. Barnes Academic Excellence Award and the John T. Mount Academic Excellence Award are its highest academic awards, given to graduating seniors. Also presented are the Dean’s Award, which recognizes academically high-achieving students, and departmental awards recognizing high achievement within academic disciplines.

The Robert A. Barnes Academic Excellence Award

Abigail Sedziol of Johnstown received the Robert A. Barnes Academic Excellence Award, presented each year to an outstanding senior at Ohio State who is completing his or her undergraduate degree requirements on the Newark campus and has a distinguished record of academic achievement, campus engagement and leadership. The award is named after Robert A. Barnes, the first full-time director of Ohio State Newark. While also serving as COTC’s first president, Barnes was instrumental in the nascent campus’s early growth. He oversaw the design and construction of the campus’s first building, Founders Hall, and the establishment of a permanent library. As dual director, he fostered a spirit of mutual respect between the two co-located institutions that continues to thrive today.

The John T. Mount Academic Excellence Award

Tika Rizal of Columbus is the recipient of the Ohio State Newark John T. Mount Academic Excellence Award, which is given annually to an outstanding senior who began their studies at the Newark campus and is concluding coursework in Columbus. The recipient is chosen for a distinguished record of academic achievement, campus engagement and leadership. John T. Mount served the university in many roles for more than 40 years, including his tenure as vice president for regional campuses from 1970 to 1983. This award recognizes Mount’s abiding interest in regional campus students, his effective work on their behalf and his persistent emphasis on academic excellence.

2020 Dean’s Award
Students with a GPA of 3.8 or higher are invited to apply for the Dean’s Award. In addition to academic excellence, recipients of the Dean’s Award demonstrate consistent engagement and leadership in the academic and cultural life of the campus. This year’s recipients are:

• Griffin Adams, St. Louisville
• Cynthia Appiah, Columbus
• Elizabeth Beck, Alexandria
• Caitlin Bishop, Newark
• Miranda Boblett, Columbus
• Lauren Brandenburg, Middletown
• Grace Burton, Johnstown
• Vanessa Chilcoat, Nashport
• Ian Claggett, Westerville
• Inshira Dartey, Dublin
• Breanna Dayton, Pickerington
• Jenna Eramo, New Albany
• Dominic Gentile, Hilliard
• Jesse Hardy, Pickerington
• Audrey Heym, Powell
• Jillian Hollett, Pataskala
• Nicholas Huffman, Monclova
• Lexi Jacobs, Conesville
• MaKenna Jenkins, Westerville
• Victoria Kilpatrick, Galloway
• Emily Leonard, Galena
• Samantha McDonald, Pickerington
• Sarah Napper, New Albany
• Johny Neri, Reynoldsburg
• Trina Orr, Frazeysburg
• Helly Patel, Dublin
• Olivia Placanica, Cortland
• Chloe Reynolds, Columbus
• Maya Sara, Columbus
• Hannah Seckinger, Munroe Falls
• Abigail Sedziol, Johnstown
• Shabrya Smith, Cincinnati
• Kathryn VanCourt, Pickerington

Academic Area Awards
Several discipline-specific awards are also presented. The awards and recipients are:

• A. Harding Ganz Prize (history): Rebecca Gager, Frazeysburg
• Richard Shiels Prize (history): Lauren Marks-Strauss, Indianapolis
• Ruth Scott-Sara Staats Outstanding Psychology Student Award: Abigail Sedziol, Johnstown
• Dr. Paul E. Panek Memorial Scholarship (psychology): Jarrett Rardon, Newark
• Lillabelle Holt Undergraduate Education Award: Lexi Simpson, Millersport
• English Studies Essay Award, 1st place: Austin Martin, Reynoldsburg
• English Studies Essay Award, 2nd place: Rebecca Gager, Frazeysburg

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service-learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.