While their classmates were plotting plans for a two-week winter break break, two Columbus seniors were sizing up life options as recent graduates.

Claudia Lee of Columbus North and Megan Purdue of Columbus East were among 47 Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. seniors who completed their high school studies as midterm graduates.

At age 17, the two former White Creek Lutheran School classmates are charting different next steps.

“I left North, knowing I’m never coming back,” said Lee, a straight-A student. “I knew this was going to happen. But I still found myself walking away and thinking about what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.”

Lee expects to get several more hours from her employer, JayC Foods in the Westhill Shopping Center, before she begins classes at Ivy Tech Community College on Jan. 17.

For more on what mid-term grads are planning, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.