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MSU president speaks to Hattiesburg students

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Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University, paid a visit to Hattiesburg on Wednesday to speak to hundreds of Oak Grove High School students. 

Topics covered ranged from the importance of technology, to the significance a college education provides. The program was held at Temple Baptist Church.

Keenum took time to speak to over 800 faculty and staff members. He talked about how noteworthy a college degree can be for a person's livelihood.

"You're the leaders that we're going to be counting on, and I can tell you that we're going to need some great leaders in Washington, DC," Keenum said.

He says technology utilization is imperative for those embarking upon adulthood.   

"We live in a very fast paced, ever-changing, high-tech world," Keenum said.

"For this generation of young people, I want to instill in them the importance of getting a higher degree," he added.

Helen Price, Principal of Oak Grove High School, says pushing students to further their knowledge is a worthy challenge.

"Our faculty and staff are committed to that to help every student succeed; If it's in their vocational program, or an academic program, or if they're moving straight to the workforce or the military, we're doing everything we can to prepare them for that transition," Price said.

Dr. Keenum also paid a visit to Presbyterian Christian High School, and spoke to juniors and seniors about similar topics.