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LMHS Nets $9K for Charity as Danielle Esan Earns "Amazing Ace" Title

On Friday night, January 26, 2024, the gods descended on Lower Merion High School as the auditorium was transformed into Mt. OlympACE for the annual Amazing Ace competition.

The contestants, each representing a mythological god, were seniors Elias Dutwin (Poseidon), Danielle Esan (Apollo), Klara Hinze (Athena), Charlie Kurland (Hermes), Chloe Mills (Demeter), Kayden Weinstock (Aphrodite) and juniors Talia Kasner (Artemis) and Leonor Pheulpin (Hades).

Using their all their godlike skills, the contestants competed in events including a catwalk, a hip-hop dance, a Q & A session, a talent demonstration and a partner dance. LM's a cappella group Ace Harmony and the LM Dance Team also performed for the packed house.

The competition is one of Lower Merion High School’s major fundraising events, with each contestant choosing a charity to which their supporters donate. Beneficiary organizations included the Sean A. Hughes Memorial Fund, Planned Parenthood, the ASPCA, the Sierra Club Foundation, UNICEF, Save A Child’s Heart Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Cobbs Creek Foundation.

At the end of the evening, the sun shone on Apollo, Danielle Esan, who was crowned Amazing Ace 2024. But the real winners are the organizations that benefit from the fundraising – a total estimated at nearly $9,000. For photos from the amazing evening, click through the slide show below!

Two parent volunteers working at the Amazing Ace event
Four students dressed in black for their roles supporting the Amazing Ace event
The %22Mount Olympace%22 Logo projected on to a wall
Four students pose for a picture outside of the auditorium
Three students stand arm in arm as they smile for a photo
Four volunteers work at the snack table at the event
A pair of student emcees on stage at the event
The Amazing Ace contestants strike a pose on stage
An Amazing Ace contestant answers a question from the hosts
A trio of student emcees on stage at the Amazing Ace
An Amazing Ace contestant answers questions from the student-emcees
An Amazing Ace contestant answers questions from the student-emcees
An Amazing Ace contestant answers questions from the student-emcees
Amazing Ace contestants and their partners perform a dance on stage
Amazing Ace contestants and their partners perform a dance on stage
Amazing Ace contestants and their partners perform a dance on stage
Amazing Ace contestants and their partners perform a dance on stage
An Amazing Ace contestant answers questions from the student-emcees
Amazing Ace contestants and their partners perform a dance on stage
An Amazing Ace contestant answers questions from the student-emcees
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
An Amazing Ace contestant dances with their partner on stage at the event
Aces' Angels acapella group performs at the event
An Amazing Ace contestant dances with their partner on stage at the event
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program (singing and dancing)
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program wearing glow in the dark
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
The judges watch from the pit
Amazing Ace contestants strike a pose
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program with her band
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program with her band
An Amazing Ace contestant acts in a skit
An Amazing Ace contestant performs with a band in the talent portion of the program
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
Principal Johnson speaks with students during intermission
The Amazing Ace contestants stand in a line on stage
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
Amazing Ace contestants and their partners perform a dance on stage
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
The Amazing Ace contestants do a dance on stage
An Amazing Ace contestant performs a dance in the talent portion of the program
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
The Amazing Ace contestants do a dance on stage
An Amazing Ace contestant performs a dance in the talent portion of the program
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
An Amazing Ace contestant performs a song in the talent portion of the program
The LM Dance Team performs at the Amazing Ace event
An Amazing Ace contestant performs in the talent portion of the program
An Amazing Ace contestant performs a song with her band in the talent portion of the program
Background dancers cheer on a contestante
The LM Dance Team performs at the Amazing Ace event
The LM Dance Team performs at the Amazing Ace event
The LM Dance Team performs at the Amazing Ace event
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace
Danielle Esan is crowned the 2024 Amazing Ace

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