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High School Student Wins First Golden Mandy Award
By: International Mandela Effect Conference
IMEC's golden Mandy award is the Mandela Effect version of the Academy Awards Oscar. Six nominees were considered including: (1) Shazam by DC Comics; (2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; (3) Holmes and Watson, (2018); (4) Pinocchio, (2020); (5) Bri Bennage's TEDx Youth talk: The Mystery Behind the Mandela Effect; (6) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
This year's golden Mandy award was presented to high school junior Bri Bennage by IMEC board members: Cynthia Sue Larson, Chris Anatra, Jerry Hicks, and Shane Robinson on a livestream event on the IMEC YouTube channel.
Golden Mandy recipient Bri Bennage said, "I have a wonderful teacher, Miss Taylor. She
got in contact with TED talks for TEDx Youth, so the debate students are able to do TED
talks. I had watched them the past two years since I've been at the school.
"Toward the middle-ish of the year, we had our classmates vote on some topics we could
talk about. I knew in the back of my mind, no matter what three topics had been voted for,
I'm still doing the Mandela Effect.
"My generation is a lot more into conspiracies and stuff, where we are trying to figure it out
in our own brains. I'm so adamant that I remember this is what it was—no one could
change my mind. My generation and my classmates are a lot more aware of it, but not
everyone. I don't think everyone is saying 'Berenstein Bears, Nelson Mandela—Whoa, this
is crazy!' but I went over (Mandela Effects) with my best friends, saying, 'You need to listen
to me; you're going to freak out—you have no idea what I found today!"
IMEC Vice President, Chris Anatra, asked Bri about her plans for the future and Bri
replied, "I do acting, and another thing I'm looking at is double majoring in forensic
sciences and investigation."
IMEC Founder and Treasurer, Jerry Hicks said, "Detective work really is what we do as
researchers. We're getting all the facts we can and putting it together to try to make a
conclusive idea. And when you're trying to apply logic to an illogical situation, that's when
it really gets fun, right?"
IMEC is producing monthly "Open Tables" livestream events to promote awareness of the Mandela Effect.
– The International Mandela Effect Conference (IMEC) YouTube channel can be
found at: https://www.youtube.com/
– The International Mandela Effect Conference (IMEC) was featured on the HBO
show, "How to with John Wilson," S1, E3, "How to Improve Your
International Mandela Effect Conference (IMEC)