Speech Trek 2021 Contest

AAUW California
Speech Trek Contest

Our local Poway Pensaquitos AAUW branch is pleased to announce the winner of our branch sponsored contest held via Zoom on Jan 30th. Our first place award of $500 went to Vidhi Kulkarni (pictured below) from Del Norte High School. She and the other participants  spoke on the topic, “Has social media helped or hindered the breaking down of barriers for women and girls?“.  Her fellow participants were Jay Wang from Mark Kepler High School, Olivia Toledo from Mira Mesa High School, and Nirja Trivedi from Westview High School. Congratulations to all our participants for their wonderful presentations.

Vidhi Kulkami, 1st place branch winner of 2021 Speech Trek

Speeches from previous years can be viewed on YouTube by searching “ Speech Trek 2019″, and “Speech Trek 2020”.

Branch members may listen to her presentation via the link listed on our Members Only Zoom Meetings & Presentations page.


Past Poway Penasquitos Branch

Our 2nd Annual Speech Trek finalist, Jay Wang, spoke on the topic “ Are men and women truly equal today, or are the Suffragettes of 1920 still suffering in 2020?” Second place went to Shiraz Rezaei, and third place to Skandhaa Subramaniam.

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

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 11 Feb 2021