U.S. Attorney Addresses Hillcrest Students

Hillcrest was honored to welcome a special speaker in Upper School chapel Wednesday; U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst was nominated by President Trump and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to become the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi in October of 2017. Hurst is well-respected for his work, having received numerous awards from the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and other federal law enforcement agencies throughout his career. Yesterday he shared with our Upper School students and faculty the scary-but-true facts about the dangers of opioids and synthetic drug use, which claimed the lives of over 42,000 people in 2016, leading the President to declare a public health emergency and pledge government resources to address it.  Hurst’s first-hand knowledge of the terrible effect this growing epidemic is having on people from all backgrounds and all over the United States was both interesting and heart-breaking; however, his goal is to arm students with the truth, so that they can not only avoid these dangers for themselves, but also perhaps do their part to fight against the crisis in the future.