Just call them the Magnificent Seven.
That's the number of Palmerton Area High School Class of 2012 students who were recognized by borough council on Thursday with a resolution for their levels of activities and achievements.
Seniors Lydia Anthony, Aleksander Everett, Greta Hartsell, Kalyn Lehr, Cheyann Sensinger, Michael Sander and Steven Semmel were acknowledged for their impressive feats both inside and outside of the classroom.
Councilman Richard Nothstein, the grandfather of Anthony, said the students represented "the cream of the crop", and told them they "have no limit except the one they impose on themselves."
Nothstein then congratulated the parents, whom he said have been extremely important in any successes enjoyed by their children.
Council President Terry Costenbader praised the students for their achievements.
"It's really a pleasure to sit here and see a lot of nice, young, fine people that really have excelled in school," Costenbader said. "You hear a lot about kids on the streets, so for me, it's really great to see what you've accomplished; keep it up."
Also on Thursday, Nothstein updated council on the veterans memorial that will soon be constructed in the borough park.
The Palmerton United Veteran's Organization and the borough plan to build the memorial as a tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and to those who served to preserve our freedom.
It will include names of veterans from the American Revolutionary era to the present, a span of over 230 years, who either entered the service while a resident of the Palmerton area, or who have lived in the area at least half of their adult life.
Nothstein said the project will cost somewhere between $150,000 to $160,000. Of that, he said about $140,000 has been raised.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, with a rain date of Saturday, Aug. 18, Nothstein said.
The dedication for the memorial will be held on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, he said.
Costenbader lauded Nothstein, who helped spearhead the project.
"It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort," Costenbader said. "I appreciate what you do."
Nothstein said it has taken the efforts of many individuals to ensure the memorial will be built.
"It's been a real pleasure," Nothstein said. "These veterans are really close to my heart."