HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Mississippi's Attorney General Jim Hood was the guest speaker Tuesday at Boys State, which is taking place all week long at Southern Miss.
The program teaches high school aged young men from across the state about the inner workings of government at all levels. More than 300 students are participating.
Jim Hood spoke to Boys State about the current oil crisis in the Gulf and how his office is responding to it. He also said in light of the crisis, the country needs to expand it's fuel sources and pursue options like bio fuels.
Hood said America is close to falling in world prominence and it's up to young leaders like those at Boys State to keep our country in the forefront.
"I enjoy every year coming down and talking to them. Seeing what is on their minds and what they want to do in life. Most of them have their heads on right and it's great. It makes me optimistic to deal with these young people that I know will one day be leaders in our state," said Hood.
Jim Hood is one of of many state wide elected officials addressing Boys State this week. On Wednesday, the young men will hear from Mississippi's State Treasurer, Tate Reeves.