Students Celebrate Leap Year Birthdays

Most sophomores in high school have celebrated the day they were born 15 to 16 times; however, Jackson Smith and Carson Worlford have only celebrated the actual day three times. No, they are not infant Einstein’s; they simply happen to be “leaplings,” or people whose birthdate falls on February 29.

When it’s not a leap year, Jackson celebrates his birthday on the February 28. He said, “I like to think my birthday is always in February, so that is the month that I will always celebrate in.”

However, Carson opts to wait until March 1 to celebrate, claiming that is the day his birthday would fall on sequentially.

“I would absolutely say my birthday is more special on a leap year. The presents are usually better too. This year my parents plan to give me a car,” Carson said.

The earth takes about 365¼ days to orbit around the sun and in order to sync the calendar year with the solar year, we have to tack on an extra day once every four years.  With advances in medicine, many parents are able to choose the date of their child’s birth (within a range of time), causing many leap year babies to be scheduled in advance; however. neither of the boys said their parents planned to have them on February 29, both writing their special birthdays off as fate.

Jackson and Carson tend to be fairly indifferent about the date, but they are definitely excited to celebrate. Happy Birthday to all the “leaplings!”


Jackson Smith (left) and Carson Wolford (right) are excited to get to celebrate on their real birthdays this year.