July 29, 2003 Albany-
"This unleased love rebounds to victory," said Charlie Givens, as he read from his poem from the podium in front of the classroom.
Givens will take home a first prize for the poem when he gets to Washington D.C. this week.
"I started writing poems in the sixth grade," he said.
But his main reason for going on the trip is to compete with his teammates in the first National YO Knowledge Bowl.
"I think we have a great chance at winning," he said.
These students have spent the summer studying interview skills, essay writing, public speaking and Get a Job Jeopardy. Now they'll put these skills to the test.
"They're just phenomenal students," said Stacy Willis, a career advisor with YO. "They set their bars high and they really go for it. They really work hard at achieving they're goals.
"We're looking to bring home a lot of hardware."
But whether they return as champions, Charlie will take what he's learned in the YO Program and put it to work in the classroom. The recent Albany State University graduate is a new teacher at Radium Springs Middle School.
"We need educators, especially strong black men in the educational system in Albany, Ga.," Givens said.
Qualities he knows he can bring to the teacher's desk.
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