AAUW CA launched Speech Trek in 2007, and seeks to promote understanding and communication of gender-equity and mission-critical issues among high school students through their research, preparation and presentation of high-quality speeches. The annual competition also promotes the value of public speaking as an invaluable life and leadership skill.
2018-2019 Topic: How Can We Eliminate Violence Aimed at Our Schools?
First Place: Dominique Ruedaflores – Poway/Penasquitos Branch
9th Grade, Ramona Convent Secondary School, Alhambra
Dominique participates in Varsity Soccer, Varsity Track, and the Ambassadors Club. Her love for soccer began at a young age, which led her to play competitively on a club soccer team for the last four years. She is a former member of Future Business Leaders of America where she competed in public speaking competitions. Since the age of five, Dominique has had a speech disability and uses public speaking as an outlet to overcome her stutter/blockage. Dominique is passionate about public speaking as it creates a safe platform for young people to share their stories and to be heard.
11th Grade, Oakwood High School, Morgan Hill
Sofia Ruster has a love for writing and history. “When not in class, my main passions are theater, politics, and literature. Writing and public speaking have been things I’ve valued in my life, as I believe everyone’s voice deserves to be able to be heard. I’m honored to be delivering my speech for you all today.”
9th Grade, Granite Bay High School, in Granite Bay
Christine is very active in her school’s theatre program and has been performing at local theatres for years; she believes this is where her passion for public speaking originated. When she is not focused on her schoolwork or rehearsing for a show, Christine is likely attending a GSA meeting, working on passion projects such as creative stories and opinion pieces on relevant issues, or writing a speech. She plans to apply to prestigious colleges, both locally and internationally, and then pursue a career as a professor or politician.