The votes have been tallied and the results are in: two McKendree sophomores won an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for two nights to see the film premiere of “Justice League” in November.
The Belleville natives and twins Kyle and Cole Nordmann, 20, entered the DC “League Up” contest in July and were tasked with assembling their own “Justice League” and creating a series of videos for Twitter about themselves and how they would celebrate the movie release.
The group — including friends Alex Abernathy, Mallory Bugg and Chris Dunn from their days at Althoff High School — chose to host a superhero-themed event for first graders at Paul Dunbar Elementary School in East St. Louis.
After submitting two videos, the metro-east based “Justice League” made it to the semi-finals and had to wait for the public to weigh in on the decision. Going up against three other teams from around the country, the Nordmann brothers and friends watched the polls for a week to see if they would make the top two. From there, the decision was up to a panel of judges from DC, and their decision was finally announced Friday, Oct. 6 at the New York City Comic Con.
“We didn’t quite believe it at first. Like it took us all a second to go, ‘Wait — we won,’” Kyle said about hearing the news streamed live over YouTube. Gathered with their friends and family around the screen, the Nordmanns celebrated their win with cheering, yelling and jumping.
According to Kyle, the team ended the polls in second place by about 3 percentage points. “Somewhere between there and the end of it, the judges decided that we won,” he said. “It was very, very exciting.”
He said he believes what helped them win the contest was the event at Paul Dunbar Elementary.
“A quote from them about the video was that they loved the school project we organized, so I’m betting the community factor really played into it,” Kyle said.
Though excited about their win, the Nordmann brothers gave props to their opponents as well.
“We had fantastic competition and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as (our) team did,” Cole said.
“I can’t put into words how cool this was,” Kyle said. “Winning this competition is kind of a dream come true.”