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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Graduation-Part 2

Last night Ansley graduated from high school.

The preparation process for a high school graduation girl is a little different than it was for the 8th grade boy the night before but Benay, Bronwyn and Leni helped her get ready. The result? One beautiful young woman.

High school graduations here are a big deal. Much bigger than when Benay and I graduated high school. A professional video and photography group are paid to document every moment. The whole night is more like a celebration show. It's so much more than "hear your name get up and get your diploma".

Last night started at 7:30 and ended at 9:15 and Ansley had a small graduating class of 30 kids.

The graduates come in as a group to a song chosen by the group. The video doesn't do the noise level justice as our seats were, literally, shaking from the vibrations.

Then it was Ansley's turn to receive her diploma. You will love hearing her name in Portuguese.

Each student gets to chose the music playing when their receive their diploma and hugs and kisses from some of their teachers. You take a picture with the person before and after you in the receive diploma line.

After graduation she got to be with some of her buddies from the school she used to go to.

We then took her out to eat.

The after graduation party started at midnight. I picked her up at 6:30 this morning. She's tired but had a great time.

It's kind of amazing to think that Ansley was in the 3rd grade when we moved to Brasil. It went by so fast.

Ansley has an attracting personality. People just naturally want to be around her and we are thankful she has been blessed by so many good friends (she LOVES her class) and good teachers. The kids in her class are good kids and Ansley has really loved her high school experience.

I don't want to brag......okay, yes I do.....but she is also one of, if not THE, smartest kids in her class.

It was a great night and we could not be more proud of our daughter. She is a real blessing to our family, to her friends and to lots of people both here and in the states.

ParabĂ©ns Ans!!!  We love you!

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