A Burlington High School junior is gearing up for a big national competition.
Claude Mumbere just won Vermont's 'Poetry Out Loud' competition. Students are judged on their ability to recite poetry and are ranked according to articulation, accuracy, poem knowledge and overall performance.
Mumbere won, despite not even speaking English until six years ago when his family moved to Vermont from the Republic of Congo.
"I guess I picked up English pretty fast," Mumbere told WCAX News. "They say kids have a tendency to learn English very quickly." He says it didn't take him long to fall in love with poetry.
Mumbere will compete at the national competition on April 29 in Washington, D.C. He'll be reciting "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas, "I'm a Fool to Love You" by Cornelius Eady, and "The Passionate Shepherd To His Love" by Christopher Marlowe.
He treated Channel 3 viewers to a performance Monday morning.