Maggie Batson, a 9-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist from Moore County, will be living out every kid's dream Thursday when she becomes a Nickelodeon star for a night.
Maggie, who sells necklaces she makes from recycled materials and donates profits to the Humane Society in Carthage, was recruited for Nickelodeon's revived 90's game show "Figure It Out" and flown to Los Angeles for taping in April.
On "Figure It Out," a panel of celebrities ask a kid a series of "yes" and "no" questions and try to figure out what the kid's special talent is. Maggie's mother Rachel said producers from the show contacted them and asked if Maggie would be interested in appearing. They did a phone interview and then had Maggie record an audition at home and send it in.
The Nickelodeon appearance isn't Maggie's first time on TV. She has made some local TV appearances and was profiled earlier this year on a PBS program about financial literacy called "Biz Kids."
But this gig was a little more Hollywood than she's accustomed to.
In fact, the Whispering Pines necklace mogul said the highlight of the whole trip was the star treatment she received at the airport. Nickelodeon sent a limousine to pick them up, and there was a chauffeur standing nearby holding up a sign with Maggie's name on it.
"The second best part was seeing Jeff and all the stars," Maggie said. Jeff is Jeff Sutphen, the show's host. (That's Jeff with Maggie and her best friend Madison Matthews from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, on the set of "Figure It Out.")
"I've seen him on Nickelodeon before, on 'BrainSurge,'" she said. "He was funny on that. That was a cool show."
The celebrities (granted, of the Nickelodeon set) guessing Maggie's talent were Carlos Knight from "Supah Ninjas," Leon Thomas from "Victorious," Elizabeth Gillies from "Victorious," and Ashley Argota from "True Jackson, VP."
The family spent five days in the Los Angeles area, doing a little sightseeing before heading home. Ask Maggie about the coolest thing she saw while sightseeing and she names "mountains." Not the Paramount Studio tour or the Hollywood sign.
Or the train ride to San Diego she happened to share with late night talk show host Conan O'Brien.
Yeah, Maggie had no idea who that was. But it didn't stop her from trying to sell him some necklaces.
"She went over and talked to him," Maggie's mother said. "She gave him her business card and said, 'If you ever need any necklaces, just call me.' He said 'Thank you, Maggie' and was very serious. His crew was cracking up, but he was wonderful with her."
Maggie's episode of "Figure It Out" will air Thursday at 7 p.m. on Nickelodeon.