Lower Merion High School recently hosted "The Amazing Ace" – a fun-filled competition and school-wide fundraiser where ten talented students compete for the title while raising money for a variety of important charities and organizations. This year's event raised more than $15,000 for the Class of 2019, A Better Chance in Lower Merion, American Cancer Society, Philabundance, Make-A-Wish, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others.
This year's contestants - Juliet Bogan, Lonnie Davis, Alec Deegan, Jason Kozarsky, Spencer Millrood, Ethan Schatz, Amalia Schneider, Andrew Stern, Matthew Sy and Brian Ungar - were all suspects in a Clue-inspired murder mystery. In their quest for the title, the contestants participated in a variety of entertaining exhibitions to persuade the judges and audience of their claim to the crown, including an "alibi" catwalk, hip-hop dance, Q & A session, talent portion, partner dance and more.
Further entertainment was provided throughout the night by a trio of a cappella groups, including the Flying Aces, Aces Angels and a faculty ensemble, along with a performance by the LM Dance Team.
At the end of the evening, with the audience votes tallied and judges' scores finalized, it was senior Brian Ungar who wowed the crowd during his talent portion with an incredible display of aerial acrobatics, which ultimately helped him claim the coveted title of "The Amazing Ace." Ungar was competing on behalf of A Better Chance in Lower Merion, which is a program that provides challenging educational opportunities to academically talented, economically disadvantaged youth.
Special thanks goes out to hosts Roni Itkin-Ofer, Euna Carpenter and Theo Henry; Masters of Ceremony Davon Collins, Sam Fogel and Principal Sean Hughes; senior class sponsors Dave Orlansky and Jen Vallieres; judges Mikell Nigro, Heather Van Horn, Glenn Brooks, Rebecca Altman and David Igwe; "Amazing Ace" mastermind Nora Christman; and the countless students and staff who played a role in making this year's event such a great success! Great job, Aces! To view a slideshow of pictures from throughout the evening, click on the image below!