Ole Miss representatives visit local high schools

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - High School students in the Pine Belt area had a visitor from North Mississippi Thursday.

Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones made a visit to talk about college choice but its who he brought with him that made the visit feel more like home.

"It's so exciting to be back here at PCS," said Miss University Anna Beth Higginbotham, a Hattiesburg native. "It's a place that I love, and I love talking to them about the University that I love now."

Higginbotham is a 2010 graduate from Presbyterian Christian High School, and will walk across the stage at Ole Miss in May.

Joining Higginbotham was another Hattiesburg native Gregory Alston.

"I'm really glad to be back here, I haven't been here in awhile," said Alston. "It feels good to be here since I have a brother and a sister that still go here."

Alston had the exact same story as Higginbotham.

"I don't know that there's ever been a high school that has produced in the same year the president of our student body and Miss University," said Jones. "It's pretty nifty traveling with those two great students back to their home high school to recruit students."

Higginbotham and Alston traveled with the chancellor to the Pine Belt to share their college experiences with students who may have their eyes set on Ole Miss, but as the Chancellor point out, it's going to college that matters, even for the younger students.

"It's such a big decision, we want to give the sophomores the message that it's time to start thinking about the rest of your life, and to be serious about making a good choice about college," said Jones.

Both Higginbotham and Alston said visiting home to recruit was an exciting opportunity, but it is what they took with them from home that garnered their success.

"PCS definitely prepared me to go to Ole Miss academic-wise," said Alston.

"Just having that hometown feeling here in Hattiesburg has really helped with going to Oxford," said Higginbotham. "I still have that feeling, but I'm in a big university with people from all over the world."

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