Category Archives: Speech Trek

All posts related to AAUW Sacramento’s Speech Trek program.

Speech Trek Plans for 9th Annual Contest by Shari Beck

Speech TrekOur Speech Trek Committee has met and is planning for the 2016 Speech Contest. The contest is planned for February 20, 2016.  Students compete for four cash prizes from $50-$400.

High School students in the Elk Grove Unified School District are invited to speak for 5-6 minutes in a prepared extemporaneous speech.

This year’s topic:  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?

Speech Trek is an AAUW CA Project that is provided by local branches to high school students. The branches send a video DVD of their student winner’s speech to the AAUW CA Speech Trek Co-coordinator who convenes a panel of judges to select the top five speeches.  The top three student speakers are invited to give their speeches before the AAUW Annual Meeting, held next year in April 2016.  Students competing in the statewide competition are eligible to win prizes from $150 – $1500.

The contest is named after a Roseville branch member, Eleanor Stem Allen, whose family makes a large annual memorial donation in her honor.  If you are interested in making a donation or in joining the committee’s efforts for the contest, please contact Shari Beck, gsbeck@surewest.net /916-451-5143, or Liz Jordan, lizjord@msn.com / 916-354-9608.

“Branch Speech Trek Winner Takes 3rd Place in State AAUW CA Finals” by Liz Jordan

Tech Trek Branch Winner Ciera Miller Placed 3rd Statewide

Tech Trek Branch Winner Ciera Miller Placed 3rd Statewide

Sacramento Branch Speech Trek winner Ciera Miller earned 3rd place in the statewide competition at the AAUW CA Annual Meeting at the Manhattan Beach Marriott on April 18, taking home another $500 award. Ciera spoke on the state topic of College: Is it worth the time and expense?

Fourteen AAUW branches from around California entered their contest’s winning speaker in the statewide semi-finals. In the finals competition, Sydney Jones from Sonora Branch earned 2nd place, and Emma Harrington from Napa Branch earned 1st place. This marks the fourth time in the eight-year history of Sacramento AAUW’s participation in Speech Trek that the Sacramento Branch winner has gone on to earn placement in the state semi-finals, and the third time our winner has been invited to the three-branch finals competition.

If you would like to hear Ciera speak, she will be a featured speaker at our May Installation Tea on May 16. Congratulations, Ciera!

 

Join AAUW for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” on March 15 & Help Support Our Branch Programs

Are you looking for an entertaining way to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon?

unsinkable.mollyWell, we have the answer: Come and bring your friends and family to see “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the lively musical of stage and screen fame featuring the adventures of that unique, spirited woman of the old west, Molly Brown. Runaway Stage is presenting this stage production, and we will have the entire house at the matinee performance on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. A wine and cheese reception during intermission is included in your ticket price. Tickets are $35 per person, $20 of which is tax-deductible.

This will be our major fundraising event for the AAUW Sacramento 2014-15 program year, so it’s critical that we sell as many tickets as possible.

As you may recall, three years ago we had a theatre party with Runaway Stage for a performance of a musical version of “Legally Blond,” and everyone enjoyed the event, so we are doing it again with this new production. Proceeds will benefit our local Scholarships, Tech Trek and Speech Trek projects, plus our national Funds programs.

As already stated, we need to sell this performance out in order to raise as much money as possible for our local programs. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to come, too. You can purchase tickets either by sending in the flier found here with your check or purchase tickets online using the Eventbrite program (click on the orange button below). This time we won’t be holding a silent auction or selling raffle tickets, so you will not be asked to pay for anything else beyond the tickets.

Eventbrite - The Unsinkable Molly Brown Theater Party & Fundraiser for AAUW Sacramento

We hope to see you there!

 

Speech Trek: And the Winners Are… by Liz Jordan

from left to right: Camrick Solorio - 10th grade, Laguna Creek HS - 3rd Place Johanna Martin - 12th grade, Elk Grove HS - 4th Place Kamra Newton - 12th grade, Monterey Trail HS - 2nd Place Ciera Miller - 12th grade, Elk Grove HS - First Place.

from left to right:
Camrick Solorio – 10th grade, Laguna Creek HS – 3rd Place
Johanna Martin – 12th grade, Elk Grove HS – 4th Place
Kamra Newton – 12th grade, Monterey Trail HS – 2nd Place
Ciera Miller – 12th grade, Elk Grove HS – First Place.

The Sacramento AAUW Branch hosted its eighth annual Speech Trek Contest on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Valley Hi-North Laguna Library Community Room.

Nine young people from five of the Elk Grove Unified School District secondary schools competed for place and prize money.   They were:

  • First Place – Ciera Miller – 12th Grade, Elk Grove HS Grade – $400
  • Second Place – Kamra Newton – 12th grade, Monterey Trail HS – $200
  • Third Place – Camrick Solorio – 10th grade, Laguna Creek HS – $100
  • Fourth Place – Johanna Martin – 12th Grade, Elk Grove HS – $50

The next step of the contest requires a DVD of the winning speech, filmed during the competition, to be entered by March 1 with the AAUW CA Speech Trek committee.  By March 10, they will have convened a group of judges to select the top five speeches from various California AAUW Branches.  The top three speakers will be invited to speak at the AAUW California Annual Meeting, April 18, 2015 at the Manhattan Beach Marriott.  There, students will compete for the First Place award of $1500.

MC Linda Patterson steered he program through each stage of competition. Our judges were all branch members who came to their judging tasks with many years of speech competition.  They were:

  • Ann Arneill-Py, PhD, retired CEO of CA Mental Health Planning Council
  • Virginia Kidd, Communications Professor Emeritus, CSUS
  • Jenny Woltz, Graduate Academic Advisor for Bellevue University

Jenny Woltz and Ann Arneill-Py are both new members and Dr. Kidd is a long-time branch member.

The Speech Trek Committee wants to thank all the members who attended to support the students and this outreach program.  Speech Trek , open to secondary student girls and boys, fosters the development of public speaking as an important life skill.

Board members attending were Cherril Peabody, President, Nancy McCabe, President-Elect and Gloria Yost, Program Director.  Anne Rhodes, Hospitality chair, and her committee furnished the muffins and sweet rolls that kept the audience, judges and competitors all refreshed.  Additional thanks to Kathy Papst who served as the Time Keeper.

This year’s Speech Trek committee was comprised this year of members Linda Patterson, Sherry Reser, Shari Beck, Liz Jordan and Ann Arneill-Py.

Join Us for Speech Trek on Saturday, February 21 by Liz Jordan

  • Speech TrekPlease Join Us for Speech Trek, AAUW Sacramento Branch’s
    Speech Contest For Elk Grove Unified School District High School Students
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015
    9 a.m. –Noon
  • Valley Hi-Laguna North Library
    7400 Imagination Parkway
    Off Bruceville Road, Across from CRC

This is the “feel good” event of our branch’s calendar year as we listen to 9th – 12th grade students express their opinions and tell us about their futures.

This year, students will speak on the very timely topic, “Is college worth the time and expense?”  Rising tuition, decreasing public funding, impacted majors requiring more years in school, and skyrocketing student loan debt is on the negative side of the coin.  The opportunities for more interesting and challenging employment, higher pay, better benefits and an all-around better life than was had by previous generations is on the positive side of this question.  How will they answer this question of Shakespearean scope?  Please join us to hear their responses.

Please let us know you are planning to attend.  To register online, please follow the Orange RSVP button to RSVP on Eventbrite.  You may also call Reservations Coordinator Dawn Boyd at (916) 942-9227 to attend this FREE Event.

Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento Speech Trek Contest 2015

Join AAUW for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” March 15 Fundraiser by Cherril Peabody

unsinkable.mollyAre you looking for an entertaining way to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon? Well, we have the answer: Come and bring your friends and family to see “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the lively musical of stage and screen fame featuring the adventures of that unique, spirited woman of the old west, Molly Brown. Runaway Stage is presenting this stage production, and we will have the entire house at the matinee performance on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. A wine and cheese reception during intermission is included in your ticket price. Tickets are $35 per person, $20 of which is tax-deductible. This will be our major fundraising event for the AAUW Sacramento 2014-15 program year.

As you may recall, three years ago we had a theatre party with Runaway Stage for a performance of a musical version of “Legally Blond,” and everyone enjoyed the event, so we are doing it again with this new production. Proceeds will benefit our local Scholarships, Tech Trek and Speech Trek projects, plus our national Funds programs.

We need to sell lots of tickets in order to make a profit, so encourage your family and friends to come, too. You can purchase tickets either by sending in the flier, found either online here or in the hard-copy newsletter, along with your check or purchase tickets online here by clicking the orange “Buy Tickets” button below. This time we won’t be holding a silent auction or selling raffle tickets, so you will not be asked to pay for anything else beyond the tickets.

We hope to see you there!

Eventbrite - The Unsinkable Molly Brown Theater Party & Fundraiser for AAUW Sacramento

“Speech Trek Speech Contest Coming Up” by Liz Jordan

Speech Trek Speech Contest, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Speech Trek

College graduates today have accumulated more than one trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt!

For generations, adults have told young people that a college education is the key to a good job, to making more money, and to having a better life. For 133 years, AAUW has encouraged the importance of higher education through legislative advocacy, national fellowship grants, and local scholarship programs.

However, once-free public education has become enormously expensive as state legislatures fund other public interests. Tuition, housing, and materials costs continue to rise. Getting through in four years can be nearly impossible in some institutions of higher learning. As a result, students are graduating from college with thousands of dollars in loan debt. Unemployment and underemployment have presented stubborn obstacles to career building.

Next month, AAUW Sacramento Branch will hold our 8th Annual Speech Trek Contest, and we are asking Elk Grove Unified School District high school students to explain in a 5-6 minute speech: Is College worth the time and expense? Please join us and hear how students answer this timely question.

  • Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Valley Hi-North Laguna Library
  • 7400 Imagination Parkway, just off Bruceville Road across from Cosumnes River College
  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Our winners this year will take home prize money between $100-$400! All speeches will be video taped, and the winning speech will be entered in the AAUW State Speech Trek Contest with prize money between $500-$1,500. These young people provide an exciting and interesting program you don’t want to miss.

Women at the top…why not?

Women At The Top

On Saturday, February 22, 2014 the AAUW Sacramento Annual Speech Trek Contest will be held at the Valley Hi Laguna North Library Community Room. The branch membership and the public are invited to attend this mission-based event, which begins at 9:30 when we ask all audience members to be in their seats.  The speakers are students from the Elk Grove Unified School District high schools, grades 9-12.

Students will have a 5-6 minute speech in which to examine the above question about circumstances that still limit so few women from leading our major corporations and public enterprises. After 50 years of the Women’s Movement, there are only 14% of private and governmental organizations led by women.  Yet, one billion women are expected to enter the global workplace in the next decade!  What creates a barrier to women leading these enterprises and becoming the decision-makers that effect so many? And how do young women break through the opportunity ceiling with the personal decisions they make while still in high school?  How do today’s young men create tomorrow’s solutions to breaking down these barriers?  When our society uses 100% of available human resources, can we create a dynamic future for everyone?

We know that all of our futures rest in the hands of today’s young women and men. Come listen to them talk about their ideas, opinions, and dreams.  It’s not just an outreach program event; it’s an opportunity to hear how breaking down barriers for women and girls happens; these speakers will tell us how do we get to the future from here.

For more information, please contact Liz Jordan, lizjord@msn.com, (916) 354-9608; Shari Beck, gsbeck@surewest.net, (9160451-5143.

Explore AAUW Sacramento – Annual Branch Showcase This Saturday, 9-21-13!

Come Explore AAUW Sacramento!

It’s that time again!

Invite your friends and prospective members to Explore AAUW Sacramento at this our annual Showcase as we begin implementing our fall theme “Women Reaching Out”. This is not only an opportunity to introduce new women in the community to our organization but for you, our members, to learn more about Sacramento AAUW’s happenings and contributions toward our mission of breaking barriers for women.

Where and When

Carmichael Library
5605 Marconi Ave
Carmichael 95608

9-21-13, from 2 to 4 pm.

Explore:

  • AAUW Sacramento’s outreach programs—commit to your passion
  • Opportunities for lifelong learning through interest groups
  • Opportunities for intellectual growth and creating friendships while promoting equity for women and girls

Learn:

  • How AAUW supports women facing discrimination
  • How AAUW fights for equity for women and girls
  • About Sacramento’s new Centennial research & Project grants
  •  How AAUW supports women facing discrimination
  • How AAUW fights for equity for women and girls
  • About Sacramento’s new Centennial research & Project grants
  • About the Sacramento AAUW scholarship program by observing a presentation of the scholarships to new recipients
  • How Tech Trek promotes math and science in young women by hearing from the girls who our branch sponsored at camp this summer

Connect:

  • With outreach programs or interest groups leaders to find your niche
  • Develop friendships and interact with our interesting, informed and active members
  • To find opportunities to volunteer your talents and skills to strengthen our branch.

We hope to see you there!