Abi Ball

Miriam’s Abi Ball was last evening.

For those not familiar with Germany and its’ education system, the Abitür is what you achieve after all of your studies provided you are successful in your courses (the last two years are counted together) and pass your cumulative written and oral exams. The exams are State wide (in this case we are discussing Baden-Würtemberg) and the schedule was early this year. Maus was essentially finished with school by early June.

The Ball is a combination of graduations ceremonies and a diner with parents and friends. Yes, everyone gets quite dressed up and there can be dancing. But it is not a Prom and a date is not required. The event was held in Ludwigsburg, north of Stuttgart.

This post is picture heavy. On the blog – clicking on the picture will get you a larger version

Merz Abi - 2011

Merz Abi - 2011

All the students arrive early (or at least were supposed to for class photos). After that we hung out (George, Noah and I) while Maus went thither and yon since she had been dropped off early as one of the organizers.

the youngest two

the youngest two

The program

the plan

the plan

was placed on the table with exactly what you would expect – Welcomes, speeches, various expressions of thanks. The introduction of each student was accompanied by a slide show –

Maus growing up

Maus growing up

with all of them

lining up on the stage

lining up on the stage

there were several musical performances

performing "You've got a Friend"

performing "You've got a Friend"

The thank you’s to the faculty included roses

and a rather humorous Oscar Presentation

and a rather humorous Oscar Presentation

I think she had a good evening


They ended by releasing ballons carrying aloft wishes for the future

gathering to release the balloons

gathering all the graduates with their balloons

only a few of which didn’t make the sky

the Balloon eating Tree

the Balloon Eating Tree (a la Charlie Brown)

It was a lovely night to stand outside and talk

after the balloon release

after the balloon release

and visit with friends

and visit with friends

before heading home, realizing that yet another milestone has been passed.

with a full moon hanging in the sky

with a full moon hanging in the sky

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13 Responses to Abi Ball

  1. Chere says:

    Our Congratulations to the Maus!

  2. Vera says:

    Wow, she is gorgeous

  3. Linda says:

    She looks beautiful and very happy. You and George must be very proud.

  4. Angela says:

    What a great event. Maus looks just lovely. You must be so proud!

  5. Helen says:

    Some nice shots! The moon shot in particular. What were the camera settings for that last shot?

  6. Berg says:

    Mazel Tov

  7. April says:

    I really enjoyed the graduation pictures, she is so pretty, and how did it feel to see the last one out of high school?

  8. Bob says:

    Ah, yes; now we test memories. My brain cells draw up visions of a cute chatterbox sharing space in those Leighton Barracks, Wuerzburg, GE quarters. Belated best wishes to the graduate.

  9. Ann says:

    Holly, you have an amazingly beautiful daughter! Dress looks stunning as well. What a lovely evening.

  10. Janet says:

    Congratulations on another milestone in your life journal

  11. Gidonny says:


  12. Allison says:

    Finally a picture. She sure is all grown up into a very beautiful young woman 🙂

  13. Isobel says:

    WOW. She’s all grown up!

    I just got home from two weeks in France (painting in Provence) and am catching up reading mail.

    Mazel Tov to all.

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