Gahanna Lincoln High School senior Suneil Kamath is the first Gahanna student to attend the Key Club International Convention in Phoenix.

Gahanna Lincoln High School senior Suneil Kamath is the first Gahanna student to attend the Key Club International Convention in Phoenix.

Kamath, the son of Yogeesh and Anu Kamath, told ThisWeek he's excited to represent Gahanna and Ohio for Key Club at the Arizona convention June 29 to July 3.

"Key Club is something I'm really passionate about," he said. "I think Key Club is one of the best ways for a high school student to get involved in community service."

Kamath was elected Key Club lieutenant governor for Ohio in February. His leadership role started in April and will continue through March 2012.

"This past year, I was president, and I ran for the lieutenant governor position and got it," he said. "There are around 200 clubs and about 12,000 members."

While at the international convention, Kamath will highlight what Gahanna's Key Club has accomplished over the past year.

"It's a celebration of what we've done," he said. "I'll talk about how Gahanna has adopted this child and fundraiser. I'll also attend different forums about leadership in high school and how to develop it."

Through the organization, Child Fund International, Gahanna's Key Club adopted Bright Banda, a young boy from Zambia.

The club's 50 members funded the adoption by designing and selling lime-green wristbands, inscribed with the phrase, "Bands for Bright."

The adoption will ensure that Bright has enough food, water, health resources and play materials.

The Gahanna students have been corresponding with Bright by writing him letters and sending him pages from coloring books.

Club members also devote hundreds of hours to service projects unrelated to school.

Key Club adviser Marcia Sweet said the club hosts many fundraisers throughout the year for beneficiaries, including UNICEF and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

She said Kamath is an outstanding student.

"He's incredible," Sweet said. "He was vice president of the club his sophomore year. He's also very involved in other activities. Being lieutenant governor makes him the president of the district. He'll be over at Reynoldsburg Key Club and others in the area."

The Gahanna Key Club helped fund part of Kamath's trip to the international convention, with the remainder being funded by the Gahanna Kiwanis Club.

Key Club, founded in 1925, is the high school version of the Kiwanis Club and focuses on teaching leadership through serving others.