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Idaho girl, 12, wins a chance to pursue her dream of being a ventriloquist

McKenzie Ellis, 12, of Kuna won a $2,000 scholarship from ventriloquist Terry Fator, a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip and winner of “America’s Got Talent.” The scholarship is named for Clinton Detweiler, a pioneer in the world of ventriloquism who died in 2013.

To win, McKenzie made a video of herself working with her puppet Tilly. Her video was chosen as the winner in the 17-and-younger category. Dan Sachoff won the 18-and-older category, and Dakota Spencer was the 18-year-old winner.

Watch McKenzie's video below:

She received $2,000 toward a trip earlier this month to the Vent Haven Ventriloquism Convention to meet Fator, and Tom Crowl’s "Learn Ventriloquism" DVD set. The Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Ky., is dedicated to the art of ventriloquism.

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