Speech Trek

Eleanor Stem Allen Memorial Speech Trek 

  a speech competition for all high schoolers, public and private


Speech Trek, in its ninth year, is an AAUW California Project that begins on the branch level with a speech tournament for local students and culminates with three top statewide finalists performing their five-minute speeches at the AAUW California convention/annual meeting in April.  


 2014-2015 Contest Topic

 College: Is it worth the time and expense?

In 2013, former US Secretary of Education, William Bennett, released his book, Is College Worth It? On the inside cover, the following description appears:

For many students, a bachelor's degree is considered the golden ticket to a more financially and intellectually fulfilling life. But the disturbing reality is that debt, unemployment and politically charged pseudo learning are more likely outcomes for many colege students today than full-time employment and time-honored knowledge.

Also in 2013, AAUW released a research report entitled Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success. The report describes how "more than ever before, women are relying on community colleges as the gateway to hight education." With costs rising, class size expanding, length of terms increasingandpay levels for college education women at 80% of their male counterparts, is AAUW wrong-headed in continuing its 133 year history of promoting and funding higher education for women? 

Using personal experience and/or resources such as these, answer, in 5-6 minutes, the question College: Is it worth the time and expense?


Branch Speech Trek Coordinators, download these files for use in producing and presenting your contest.

The complete Speech Trek policy and rules are outlined in the Speech Trek Policies and Procedures.
Make sure your members know that donations to Speech Trek are tax deductible.  Checks must be written to AAUW CA SPF, write Speech Trek in the memo line. For more information, contact AAUW CA Speech Trek CoordinatorDonna Erickson, speechtrek@aauw-ca.org.


Eleanor Stem-Allen Memorial

2013-14 Speech Trek Contest Finalists

 Watch their videos HERE


First Place

Anneka Sonstroem (Stockton Branch) 


Second Place

Marian Pagaduan (Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch)


Third Place 

 Divya Gopisetty (Morgan Hill Branch)

Congratulations to each of them and the branches that supported them—and to all the branches and students throughout the state who participated in the Speech Trek contest.


Created: 08/10/2008 Updated: 10/22/2014