Speech Trek 2022 Contest

AAUW California
Speech Trek Contest

Date: Mar 12, 2022
** Registration deadline: February 12, 2022  **
(please note this is a rescheduled deadline)

California high school students are invited to compete in Speech Trek, a speech competition sponsored by the American Association of University Women of California. All contestants are to prepare 5-6 minute speeches on this years’ public policy topic:

Has the US lived up to its pledge of liberty and justice for all? Would requiring the study of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a high school setting help ensure liberty and justice for all?

Interested? Contact AAUW Poway-Penasquitos Branch at aauwboard@gmail.com for more information and to register for the event.

Registration deadline is now February 12, 2022
Contest will now be held virtually.

Local Prizes:
First Place – $1,000.00
Second Place – $500.00
Third Place – $250.00

Winner of the local contest goes on to participate in the state semi-finals.
The top three state semi-finalists will compete for more cash prizes.

Speeches from previous years can be viewed on YouTube by searching “Speech Trek” followed by the year (ie Speech Trek 2021, or Speech Trek 2019)

Past Poway Penasquitos Branch

Our 2021 branch finalist, Vidhi Kulkarni from Del Norte High School, 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.

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

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