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Not one, but two Leap Year birthdays at Blue Earth Area

By Staff | Mar 8, 2020

Blue Earth Area second graders Savannah Haugh, top left, and Hudson Zierke, top right, are pictured above. Both Savannah and Hudson were born on Feb. 29, Leap Day.

Two Blue Earth Area Elementary second graders celebrated their second birthday last week.

Wait, what? Two-year olds are in second grade?

Not exactly.

Savannah Haugh and Hudson Zierke actually are eight-years old. However, they have only had two official birthday celebrations.

That is because they are what is known as ‘Leaplings,’ babies born on Leap Day, Feb. 29.

Savannah Haugh, front row left, and Hudson Zierke, front row right, are pictured above with their class for a very special occasion. Both Haugh and Zierke are leap year babies and were born on February 29, 2012.

Leap Day, of course, only comes around once every four years. It is a day created to have our calendar catch up with the celestial calendar, a difference caused by the fact our Earth does not circle the sun in exactly 365 days.

Persons born on Leap Day, Feb. 29, have to wait four years for another Feb. 29 to come around in order to be able to celebrate a birthday on their exact date of birth.

Not only are Hudson and Savannah both Leaplings, born on the same day, they also were both born in the same place UHD Hospital in Blue Earth.

Hudson is the oldest of the two, as he was born at 2 a.m. on Feb. 29, 2012, and Savannah arrived later that same day at 7:20 p.m.

Hudson is the son of Kyle and Jennifer Zierke, and Savannah is the daughter of Robin Haugh and Sarah Wedeking.

In an interview in the Faribault County Register in 2012, Jennifer Zierke, a Kindergarten teacher at BEA, said Hudson was actually due to arrive on March 13, but her fellow teachers said they were betting he would be a Leap Day baby.

Somehow, they were right.

The two second graders are in teacher Molly More’s class at BEA this year.

“We have a little special celebration for each student when it is their birthday,” More explains. “The student gets to sit in my chair, and I twirl them around while everyone sings happy birthday to them. We let Hudson go first because he is the oldest, then it was Savannah’s turn.”

Unfortunately, despite the fact the two only have an official birthday once every four years, the celebration in their classroom still was not held on their “official” birthday, More explained.

“Feb. 29 was on Saturday, so we still had to do the birthday celebration on the day before, Friday, Feb. 28.”

Not to worry, however, as the families of the two Leaplings had big plans to celebrate on Saturday, Feb. 29.

After all, it only comes around once every four years, so it has to be a pretty big deal.