NEW CASTLE - With graduation quickly approaching, the New Castle senior class met at First Baptist Church Tuesday morning for their senior breakfast, one of many events going on during senior week.
Principal Chris Walker started off the morning by giving the students some praise and advice before turning the event over to the senior class sponsor, James Thurston.
"I know you're all going to go on and do bigger and better things in life," Walker said. "Enjoy the next few days with the friends you've had around for the last 12 or 13 years."
The students did just that because the room was filled with laughter and constant talking among the soon-to-be graduates as everyone enjoyed their pancakes and donut holes, served by the New Castle Breakfast Optimist Club.
According to Thurston, the senior breakfast has been a tradition for years, except this one was a little different.
"This year, on top of the awards we give to the two students who will speak at graduation, we have the Indiana Business and Professional Women's Club of New Castle to give out," said Thurston,
The club's awards were added to this year's senior breakfast because the club is no longer sponsoring the May Breakfast to honor these women.
"Every year on Mother's Day, they used to have a breakfast to honor the girls winning the awards. They did not have enough funds to have their breakfast this year, so we absorbed it," said Thurston, adding that he hopes in the near future someone will be able to fund the breakfast with the club because of it's tradition in the community since 1930.
Elizabeth Pitchford presented three awards on behalf of BPW. These awards are given to women who are planning on going into the medical teaching and business fields. The Lt. Elizabeth J. Howren Medical Award was given to Delany Fry. The Lillian Morrell Education Award was given to Kasey Brown and the BWP Business Award was given to Taylor Blackburn.
"We didn't really know that there was a difference in this year's breakfast since we only attend as seniors, but it was really fun to come and eat together with everyone," said Brown, who plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University in the fall to study student elementary education and get a master's degree in counseling.
Peyton Mcllwain and Corbin Martin, who will be speaking during graduation, received the Rexford G. Wright Memorial Speaker Awards. The New Castle Class of 2016 will graduate at 2 p.m. June 5 in the Feildhouse.