I give the stellar student a packet to write about his/her favorites and invites them to share family pictures with the class. I have dedicated a bulletin board with reusable clips to quickly display the pictures. Occasionally, they are allowed to sit in the special chair.
Star Student of the Week
Each Friday, the Principal comes around to every classroom to help announce the Student of the Week. She hands out a gift certificate to a restaurant, a pencil, and hands them the trophy. They don't get to keep it. It just circulates around the room.