Speech Trek 2020 – Our Winners

Poway-Peñasquitos Branch

The American Association of University Women (“AAUW”) Poway Penasquitos branch held its second annual  speech  contest for high  school students February 1 at the Rancho Penasquitos library. Three students spoke on the topic “ Are men and women truly equal today, or are the Suffragettes of 1920 still suffering in 2020?”

Our three Speech Trek winners with the judges and our branch President

Jay Wang is the first place winner and will represent the Poway Penasquitos branch in the AAUW state semi-finals in March. Second place went to Shiraz Rezaei, and third place to Skandhaa Subramaniam.

The top three semi finalists from throughout California will compete in April at the AAUW California convention in San Francisco. Stay tuned for the results!

The judges for this event were Darshana Patel, who is President of the Board of Education for the Poway Unified School District, Barbara Bush, Ph.d, who is a lecturer in the Department of Communication at UCSD and Phil Barham who teaches in the Gate/Seminar program at Ericsson Elementary school.

Congratulations to all the participants!

Jay’s speech can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/04EFdfinNy0

Speech Trek 2019 Winners

Our 1st Annual Speech Trek 2019 finalist, Dominique Ruedaflores, spoke on the topic, “How Can We Eliminate Violence Aimed at Our Schools?”

She went on to compete at the State level and won, which was another $1500 in prize money.

We are so proud of her accomplishment!

Her speech is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/W8gJp0EMfQM.

Updated 21 Feb 2020