For the 14th straight year, the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize the best and brightest among sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders with its annual Student Citizen Breakfast.

For the 14th straight year, the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize the best and brightest among sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders with its annual Student Citizen Breakfast.

This year's event honoring 45 middle school students from Clintonville will take place on Friday, May 13, at the Fawcett Conference Center on Olentangy River Road.

Sponsors are still being sought for the annual breakfast, according to chamber president Jenny Smith.

"We are expecting 45 students from all the middle schools in Clintonville, including the Blind School and the Deaf School," Smith said.

The other schools that will be represented are Calumet Christian School, Clintonville Academy, Dominion Middle School, Immaculate Conception School, Our Lady of Peace School and Indianola Informal Alternative

"Students are selected by their school, and recognized for their leadership and academic achievement, and most importantly for their involvement in the community," according to a letter sent out seeking sponsorships from local businesses. "Two students from each grade and each school will be honored with the exception of Dominion, which will have three students from each grade because it is larger than any of the other schools."

The letter was signed by Smith; Student Citizen Breakfast co-chairs Joe Jackson and Sue Lusk Gleich; and chamber program coordinator Barbara Kocab.

The program recognizing young people from the three grades originated with the North Area Realtors Association.

Business sponsorship levels include $75 for sponsoring one of the 45 students, eight program sponsors at $100 each and four award sponsors for $200 each.

Each student sponsor will be seated with the honoree as well as his or her family. The $75 covers breakfast for the honoree, two family members and the sponsor, a listing in the program and the right to accompany the student onto the stage for introductions.

Program sponsors are seated at their own table and receive an ad in the program as well as breakfast.

The award sponsors are also seated at a special table. They, too, get advertising space in the programs, breakfast and the right to present "good citizen medals" to the students.

The students being honored, according to the appeal letter, will go home with:

A goody bag that includes items from chamber businesses, such as pens, pencils, key chains, bookmarks, notepads, coupons, etc.

A breakfast program that includes bios of each student honoree.

A "Good Citizenship" certificate which they receive from their assigned Chamber Business sponsor.

A "Good Citizenship" medal and ribbon presented by the Business Awards sponsors.

A group photo of student honorees

"They're actually viewed as our future business leaders," Smith said.

Sponsors are asked to contact the chamber by no later than Friday, April 15.

Gail Hogan, host and producer of "Daytime Columbus," will be the guest speaker for the breakfast.