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Eagle's Nest celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Apr 03, 2014
Photo by: Steven Billups

Students at Eagles Nest Christian Academy celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with its First Annual Celtic Festival March 18. To plan for the event, the fourth- through eighth-grade classes researched a particular aspect of the Celtic culture or the Saint Patrick's Day tradition and created hands-on activities and visual presentations for the lower elementary students, their families and the public.

The students have also been brushing up on their step dancing skills for a flash mob performance. Activities included Celtic history, song and dance, games, art, traditional dress, taste-testing of Irish foods, and learning about the historical figure, St. Patrick.

Sampling some Herb Cheese Palmiers are (l-r) Alex McClain and Elle Heintz who are being served by eighth-graders Zach Brittingham and Wes Hobbs.

Participating in a traditional Celtic festival sport, students throw a stone, or a Clachneart, during the festival. Shown are first graders (l-r) Hunter Megonigal, Kat Favinger, Justin Moore, Lauren Pilkington, Cadence Hostetler and B.J. Hague.
Irish bard Chase Mears and Leprechaun Savannah Stewart add to the Irish theme of the festival.
At the traditional dress station, students learn about Irish clothing. Shown touching and looking at an Irish sweater are (l-r) Riley Carlton and Micah Conley with fifth grader Carrie Krause.
Learning about the Seven Celtic Nations from fourth grader (l-r) Chase Wilson are Reece Marino, Kamryn Zarebicki and parent Maria DeForrest.
Participating in the Caber Toss is kindergartener Evie Brown.
Leading the upper class students in an Irish Jig to the “Irish Washer Woman” are Evan Hartnett, left, and Amaya Wright.
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