Speech Trek Recruiting Students for February Competition By Ann Arneill
Speech Trek is getting into full swing with our busy fall season. We work with all nine campuses in the Elk Grove Unified High School District participating in our public speaking contest. Now is the time to recruit students to participate by distributing our promotional materials and having students sign up for November workshops, which Shari Beck and Ann Arneill will conduct. At these workshops, we inform students about the contest rules, present the topic, give them resources for researching the topic and provide public speaking tips. Once the students who decide to participate complete their speech drafts, we will give them feedback on their speeches. The topic this year is “Has the US lived up to its pledge of liberty and justice for all? Would requiring the study of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a high school setting help ensure liberty and justice for all?” The contest will be held on Feb. 19, 2022. We hope to conduct it in-person, COVID-19 pandemic conditions permitting.
Don’t forget about the Speech Trek Challenge to be held on Jan. 15, 2022. Members will have a chance to discuss the topic in advance of the contest to pique their interest.