Mark your calendars! Signup on Eventbrite! Speech Trek’s 10th Annual Branch Speech Contest is coming Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Southgate Library Community Room, 6132 66th Avenue.
Students in grades 9-12 from Elk Grove Unified School District have been invited to speak on the topic: Is it time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment? If so, how can this be accomplished? How can organizations such as AAUW help in getting this amendment ratified once and for all? In order to answer this question, students must know some detail about the amendment, how an amendment to the U. S. Constitution is passed, and what are the arguments for and against passage. A tall order for a 5-6 minute speech!
Branch membership has been very generous in supporting Speech Trek with donations at dues renewal. As a result, the committee has increased the prize money to be awarded this year to $500 for 1st Place, $250 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd and $50 for Honorable Mention.
All student speeches will be video-recorded. When the branch winner is selected, the winning speech video is submitted to the state Semi-finals by uploading the video to You-tube. The top five speeches submitted to the AAUW CA Speech Trek committee are awarded with a monetary prize. The top 3 speeches compete at the State Convention or Annual Meeting for $500, $1000 and $1500 awards.
Speech Trek is a Mission-Based program that is part of our educational outreach efforts. For more information, please contact