Well-rounded individuals excel not only in the classroom, but in all walks of life.

Recently, Palmerton Area High School's finest were recognized as part of the Palmerton Exchange Club's Youth of the Month meeting at Bert's Steakhouse.

After dinner, 10 students were honored by the Exchange Club from each of the various subject areas at the high school with certificates and a flash drive.

Recognized were Daniel Haney (English), Jessica Fegley (Math), Frank Jay Hall (Social Studies), Madeline Koller (Science), Robert Keyser (Spanish), Sarah Dreyer (German), Kathleen Gasper (Art), Jonathan Banko (Industrial Arts), Jesse Reis (Computers/Technology) and Kimberly Varano (Music).

Anna Strohl, president of the Exchange Club, said the organization attempts to reward students for their hard work.

"Palmerton has great students and very knowledgeable students; hopefully someday to become great leaders of this country," Strohl said. "Most of our members are senior citizens and don't get to see or hear what great skills and minds are young ladies and gentlemen have in today's world."

As part of the program, the students speak about the activities they participate in, as well as the work they do in school.

Strohl said it's important for the students to know there are organizations out there that care about them.

"We believe that Americans are our country's most precious resource," she said. "I believe a lot of people do not realize what is out there for our students. Palmerton has a great faculty; ones that care about our students."

The Exchange Club also sponsors the Top Ten Percent Dinner at the end of the year, Strohl said.

There, she said a scholarship is given out to one student that meets the Exchange Club's criteria to further their education, while another check is given out to a Carbon Career and Technical Institute student from the Palmerton Area School District. In addition, an eighth grade student of the year receives a plaque and certificate.