Making Her Mark

By Cristina Frank

October 15, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM EDT

Oxford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Oxford girl is giving back in a big way and she's only twelve years old.

Action News is featuring some of the Van Cott Girls of Merit 2012 as a part of WBNG's Girls World Expo.

Maggie French isn't your average 7th grader. She's on the honor roll, acts in school plays, newly elected as Oxford Academy Middle School's secretary and she has a passion to help out.

"I just went to animal shelters and help them clean out cages because it was fun and I like animals," said French.

She started doing that when she was only in kindergarten and from there it's grown.

In the last year, she's volunteered an amazing 100 hours at Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

"We collected money and bought kindles for a nursing home that actually speak the books out loud for people who have vision problems and can't read it," she said.

The 12-year-old, who loves horseback riding, says these ideas just come to her and then she puts together a plan to make it happen.

She's volunteered for Relay for Life and raised $250 for the family of a toddler killed in a crash.

Just a couple months ago, she cut off nearly a foot of her hair for Locks for Love.

In a two-page letter, her mom, nominated her saying "Maggie has an inner shine that illuminates a room."

French dreams to be a zoologist. She says she enjoys giving back and being able to help.

"I don't care if I get recognized for it. I do it because it's right and it's fun and why not," she said.

10 outstanding ladies were picked as Van Cott Girls of Merit 2012.

WBNG's Girls World Expo is Sunday, October 21, at the Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel and Conference Center.

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