- Special Sections
- Mini Penny
A Poteau girl famous for talking backwards is running straight ahead into the limelight.
Poteau High School freshman Alyssa Kramer became an internet sensation earlier this year when a video of her saying words backwards went â€śviralâ€ť on the video sharing website Youtube.
The video showcased Alyssa's special talent of being able to properly pronounce any common word backwards.
Since the initial upload of the video in July of 2011, Alyssa's video received more than three million views and caught the attention of television producers.
In February, Alyssa traveled to New York, New York to appear on NBC's Today Show. Since that appearance, Alyssa has appeared on several other television programs including Inside Edition, Dr. Phil, two appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, BBC London, Irish program Elev8, CBS 3 Philadelphia, and a host of others including an appearance on the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out which is set to air in June. Besides New York, Alyssa and mother Nicole have also traveled to Hollywood, Calif. to showcase Alyssa's talent. Alyssa is also to be featured as part of a British television documentary on people with amazing talents, as well as the Late Show with David Letterman this summer.
Having effectively been on the road since February, Alyssa says she has missed nearly 30 days of school, but that officials at Poteau High School are coordinating with her to make up the missed work. Alyssa is an A student and member of the National Honor Society who plays softball and enjoys hunting.
Her other activities might have to take a backseat, however, as Alyssa and Nicole will soon be making a temporary move to Hollywood this August after a successful meeting with casting agents from Disney. Alyssa says she has had many offers to appear on shows that air on the Disney family of networks which includes all Disney and ABC networks.
Alyssa says that in some ways, the last three months have felt like being in the Twilight Zone, having gone from being a normal high school freshman to being recognized by strangers on the streets of New York and rubbing elbows with television celebrities and meeting rock stars such as Jon Bon Jovi and KISS.
â€śIt's been a lot of fun,â€ť says Alyssa, â€śI've met a lot of cool people.â€ť
Despite the dramatic change in her life, Alyssa says she has no regrets and is looking forward to the new opportunities ahead of her.
For the latest news on Alyssa and to see her showcase her talent visit her youtube channel at Alyssatalkingback.com.