Our youth, our future: Maggie Pettito

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (WDTV) - Maggie Pettito, a freshman at West Virginia Wesleyan College, has always had a desire to help others.

Maggie is a freshman at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

"Maggie's just an amazing person," said her father, Michael, "She's compassionate and empathetic."

Maggie's passion for helping people starts with her studies: the straight A student studies biology and plans to become a surgeon.

"I've always, always wanted to be a surgeon and to help people," Maggie said.

Outside of school, Maggie dedicates her free time to serving her college town. The nineteen-year-old is part of a program called 'Service Scholars'.

"We have to do 75 hours of service a semester, so we have placements throughout the community and have community partners," she said.

Each week, Maggie spends roughly six hours volunteering at her service site.

"I'm currently at the Upshur County Parish House," Maggie said, "What we do is fill food packages and meet personal needs for the people who can't meet those needs themselves."

"Maggie is delightful, she always has a smile on her face and any tasks we need done she accomplishes in half the time I expect her too," said Angel Harvey, an Americorps worker with the Upshur County Parish House.

Maggie says she loves giving back to the college town that has given so much to her.

"Very little of us Service Scholars grew up in Buckhannon and it's important for kids who come to Buckhannon to care about the community that they're in," Maggie said.

In addition to volunteering, Maggie is in the drum line in the band, is a member of Collegiate 4-H, is part of the chemistry club, and is in the Pre-Med Society.

"She just wants to be around people and wants to help," her father said.

Whether it's as a student now, or a surgeon in the future, Maggie says she'll always be dedicated to helping others.

"Make the best better; take something that's really good and make it your own, and make it as good as you possibly can."