Leap Year babies

By: Chaireth Jones

Every four years, babies are born on the extra day in February, making them more unique than others. According to infoplease.com, in the United States, about 187,00 people are born on leap day. Since the babies born on leap day only “technically ” have their birthday every four years, it calls for them to have a different way of celebrating it all of the other years.

This year at NAHS three of our sophomores, are technically celebrating their “fourth birthday”. Sophomores, Terri Ammons, Hunter Johnson, and Jacob Lawrence each get to experience what its like to have been born on leap day.

The chances of being born on a leap year in the united states is a one in 1,461 according to CNN.com

“Its really cool to of been born on leap day because it means that I can be four when I’m actually sixteen,” sophomore Jacob Lawrence said.

Theses students don’t get to celebrate their real birthday every year. Instead they celebrate in a different way all the years that aren’t leap year.

“My family will celebrate my birthday on February 28th and mainly on March 1st,” sophomore Hunter Johnson said. “On the years that are actually leap year we will have a big family dinner, and this year my mom and I are traveling to Washington D.C. for it.”

A lot of attention can come from having a unique birthday like being born on leap day. Leap year babies at NAHS say they get a lot of questions about having a unique birthday.

“I always get asked when I’m going to get my license,” Johnson said. “I will get my license around the same time others in my grade do.”

Abby Ammons says she tends to get asked questions about her unique birthday as well.

“People will ask things like, ‘so how old are you actually?’ or say things like ‘so how was your fourth birthday?’ Ammons said.

With having a unique birthday comes either a love or a hate for it. The leap year babies at NAHS seemed to love their unique birthday.

“I like having a unique birthday because it means I’m different from everyone else,” Ammons said.

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