Lucky girl from Luckey turns 12 on 12-12-12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:37
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Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune Elizabeth Arntson of Luckey is seen with her flute — an instrument she starting picking up last year. Arntson will turn 12-years-old on the 12th day of the 12th month in the 12th year of the 21st century. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Elizabeth Arntson joins a pretty exclusive club today as she turns 12 on 12-12-12.
While the birthday date goes beyond that of a "Golden Birthday" or "Lucky Birthday," the sixth-grader at Eastwood Middle School isn't asking for much.
She just wants to be around her family and for Mother Nature to hold off on the snow so they all can attend her party.
"I've been excited for it for a long time and I am looking forward to the actual day," she said.
Elizabeth's unique birthday is a "phenomenon" that can only happen to people born at the turn of the century, according to John Condon, assistant professor of mathematics at Howard Community College, who was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article.
"About one in every 30 people born in the year 2000 (or 1900 or 2100) would have 'something like this occur,'" Condon told the Baltimore Sun.
To celebrate the occasion, Elizabeth and her family will head out for dinner on Tuesday, since her mother, Lori, has to work late today.Wednesday.
And, of course, the birthday girl gets to pick. She is leaning toward a Japanese steakhouse.
Then, over the weekend, Arntson will have a party to celebrate.
"I hope all of my family can make it over," she said.
Fingers are crossed heavy snow won't prevent her guests from attending.
Given the winter's warmer weather so far, Arntson said, "I know that probably won't happen."
Longer term, Elizabeth and her brother, who turns 9 on Dec. 15, get to take a friend on a trip to Kalahari in January.
"We are hoping it's a special birthday for her," said her father, Chad.
Asked if his daughter and their family would have some special luck on Wednesday, Chad Arntson laughed and said, "It would be nice."
"Too bad the big jackpot has already been won," he joked.
Arntson, who lives in Luckey, plays the flute in band, softball in the summer and also participates in quiz bowl and science club.
 

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