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Shamrockin' on St. Patrick's Day
Savannah celebrated its 188th St. Patrick's Day festival on March 17, and “The Armstrong Atlantic” pirate ship float was in full regalia for the parade. Designed and built by students, the float held star Pirate athletes and was flanked by a show of flags from the 74 countries the university's student body represents.
Dr. Keith Betts, vice president of student affairs, who was among the Armstrong faithful at the parade, said of the event's success, "Showcasing an international theme, as well as highlighting our highly successful student-athletes, Armstrong put its ‘best foot forward' as more than 75 students marched with President Bleicken in front of a record crowd and a live television audience. Our students embraced this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a big way. They had fun. They were enthusiastic. And they ensured that Armstrong was very positively presented to the Savannah community and far beyond."
Among the star athletes on “The Armstrong Atlantic” were Kristina Pascutti, Peach Belt Conference soccer co-Player of the Year for 2011; Britany Wolf, Peach Belt Conference Volleyball 2011 Player of the Year, AVCA Third Team All-American and Armstrong's first volleyball player to be named to an All-American team; Kelli Bahr, CoSIDA Academic All-American for Armstrong's women's soccer team; and Mikk Irdoja, three-time ITA All-American men's tennis player, 2010 Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year and a No. 1-ranked tennis player in the nation during his junior season.
“The Armstrong Atlantic” will carry on the tradition and sail again for the 2013 St. Patrick's Day festivities in Savannah next year.