The Ohio State University at Newark

Flickinger is Top of the Class

NEWARK, OH, April 18, 2018 — For the first time in college history, a student from one of The Ohio State University’s regional campuses was named a Newcomb Scholar by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Ohio State Newark sophomore Joshua Flickinger of Junction City was recognized during the Celebration of Students Banquet held on April 12, 2018, at the Ohio Union in Columbus.

Flickinger, a double major in community leadership and environmental science, is one of five sophomores in the entire college named a Rank 2 Newcomb Scholar. The Newcomb Scholar award recognizes the five students in each class rank (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) that have the highest cumulative grade point averages within CFAES.

“Receiving this award has been a great experience. It's a nice feeling knowing the college gives recognition to all the hard work I and lots of other students have put in,” said Flickinger. “The ceremony was beautiful and very well put together, and I'm really glad I got to have my parents there. They got to see some of the things I've been spending my time on in college.”

In addition to his academic achievement, Flickinger is active on campus as the president of the Collegiate 4-H Club, a student ambassador in the Office of Student Life and student representative on the Ohio State Newark board. A first-generation college student, he participated in the Buckeye Generation Learning Community as a freshman and is now an academic peer coach in the program.

“In a way it was especially meaningful because, as a CFAES student on the Newark campus, I don't always get to see all the things my college does, and at the ceremony I got to check out a lot of the great opportunities that will be waiting for me when I go to the Columbus campus.”

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that is 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.