Speech Trek, is an AAUW California Project that begins on the branch level with a speech tournament for local high school students and culminates with three top statewide finalists performing their five-minute speeches at the AAUW California convention/annual meeting in April.
To promote understanding and communication of gender-equity issues among high school students through their research, preparation, and presentation of high-quality speeches, while promoting the value of public speaking as a life and leadership skill.
Speech Trek was established by AAUW CA in 2007. In 2009, it was renamed the Eleanor Stem Allen Memorial Speech Trek Contest in honor and memory of an AAUW member and teacher who recognized the importance of public speaking skills in teaching students about issues that matter to AAUW, and in gratitude to her family for providing ongoing financial support for the project
2016 Speech Trek winners with AAUW-MH Speech Trek Committee members
L-R: Kelsey Valentine(2nd - Ann Sobrato High School), Nikhita Gopisetty (1st - Oakwood School), Lindsey Hillesland (3rd - Live Oak High School)
Morgan Hill Speech Trek
The Morgan Hill branch held its first annual Speech Trek contest in 2014. Contestants are limited to 5-6 minutes to express their thoughts on the given year's topic, The 2016 topic was "What is gender bias and inequality? What is its impact on people? Why should organizations such as AAUW continue to work to change its practice?"
Prizes are awarded to the top three contestants.
Speech Trek is open to all high school students in California. Girls and boys enrolled in any public or private high school, as well as home schooled students, are eligible to participate.
Students who were finalists at the state competition in prior years may participate in local Speech Trek competitions, but are ineligible to repeat as state finalists.
2016-17 Contest Details
last updated: 11-9-16 eam