Speech Trek


Speech Trek is a speaking contest open to all California high school students.  It is an AAUW California Project that begins on the branch level with a speech tournament for local students.   It culminates with three top statewide finalists performing their five to six minute speeches at the AAUW California convention/annual meeting in April.

Speech Trek 2021

Sandy Martinez and Sue Sutton are extremely excited to bring back Speech Trek after a one-year hiatus. The Speech Trek contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 in public, private, parochial, and charter schools as well as students who are home-schooled.

 With the uncertainties of the coming year two plans have been developed to accommodate virtual and face to face school settings. Although the application kit will be available beginning in August 2020, recruiting for the contest will begin in late October through November.

 The contest will be held locally in February (date yet to be determined) and the winner will move to the State finals held in April 2021. All contestants will video tape their speech and then it will be uploaded to You Tube for the State judges. Five finalists will be selected and the top three will compete for the $1500 prize. There will also be financial prizes for the top five contestants. The local winner will also be awarded $500.00.

 Watch this site and your school sites for more info in the coming months. The speech topic and the rules and procedures will be in the application kit and Sandy and Sue will be available to coach and tutor the contest participants.

 It looks like fun in 2021!!!

Please note that donations to Speech Trek are tax deductible.  Make checks payable to AAUW CA SPF with the words  “Speech Trek” in the memo line.