On Thursday afternoon, Bainbridge State College Student Life hosted Megan Piphus, a musical ventriloquist who has been featured nationally since she was a young child.
Piphus is not shy when she takes the stage, as she uses her many talents to entertain audiences across the nation. She uses her voice, music, ventriloquism and puppetry to inspire youth and to encourage them to never stop dreaming.
At the age of ten, Piphus was introduced to ventriloquism, and she quickly became fascinated by the manipulation of character voices. After a year, she had mastered the skill and began competing in contests. Her talent quickly caught the attention of the country.
In 2008, Piphus was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show: The World’s Smartest and Most Talented Kids. When she graduated as valedictorian of her class at Princeton High School in 2010, her graduation speech went viral on YouTube. It featured her and her puppet, George, and Piphus became known throughout her community as the “Valedictorian Ventriloquist.”
Later in 2011, her talent was brought even further into the light when she was chosen to be a contestant on American’s Got Talent YouTube Contest, gaining national exposure. Even more recently, Piphus was crowned Miss Black Tennessee USA in 2013, and appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as a ventriloquist on a segment called “Does This Thrill Bill” with William Shatner. In June 2013, Piphus appeared on the NBC show America’s Got Talent in front of celebrity judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern, receiving four yes’s from all four judges to continue onto the Vegas bootcamp round.