Category Archives: Speech Trek

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

Speech Trek Celebrates A Wonderful Contest and 2018 Winner by Liz Jordan

On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Speech Trek Committee and many wonderful volunteers, family and friends of the speakers gathered at Cosumnes River College and listened to eight high school students from the Elk Grove Unified School District speak to the topic:  How can we stand up to sexism?  What can individuals and organizations such as AAUW do to break down stereotypes and biases in school, at work, in the military, and in our communities?  

Dr. Virginia Kidd, Communications Professor Emeritus California State University, Sacramento; Kasmira Kit, a former Marine and creative entrepreneur; and Danielle Metzinger, a Learning and Development Specialist for CalSTRS, judged this year’s contest.  AAUW member Kathleen Deaver served as timekeeper for the contest, and Morgan Glover, Past President of CSUS AAUW and current Tech Trek Co-Director, video-recorded all of the student speeches.  The Speech Trek Committee thanks Linda Patterson, Gloria Yost, Linda Sparks, Cherril Peabody, Barbara Sparks, Donna Holmes, and Vickie Nicholson for their help.

The winner of the 2018 Contest was Grace Tan from Laguna Creek High School, who took home the $500 prize.  The video recording of Grace Tan’s speech has been uploaded to YouTube, AAUW CA Speech Trek Channel.  AAUW Sacramento pays a $25 entry fee to submit Grace Tan’s winning speech to the State Semi-finals. In the picture above, the winners are, left to right:

  • Grace Tan–first place $500–Sophomore, Laguna Creek HS
  • Kathy Le–second place $250–Junior, Pleasant Grove HS
  • Simran Thandi–third place $100–Junior,  Sheldon HS
  • Harleen Kaur–honorable mention $50–Junior, Sheldon HS

Last year 15 branches from around California submitted entries.  The judges for the semi-final round view the videos of the branch entries and return their judging forms back to Marlene Cain, Speech Trek Coordinator for AAUW CA.  Five of the top speeches are selected; the 4th and 5th Place winners are named and awarded $250 and $100 respectively.  The top three speakers are invited to compete at the State Convention or Bi-Annual Meeting.

This year, the 2018 Finals will be held at Convention on Saturday, April 28 at the Marriott Irvine. The students and their chaperones will be feted at lunch when they will deliver their speeches to determine the 1st Place with a $1500 award, 2nd, with $1000 prize, and 3rd Place winner wins $500.   Those awards are made possible by the generous memorial donation by Mr. Gray Allen of Roseville for his late wife, Eleanor Stem Allen.  Eleanor Allen was an active member of Roseville/South Placer Branch of AAUW and a passionate supporter of the Speech Trek Program.

This year students from six of the district’s nine secondary campuses competed.  Kathy Le from Pleasant Grove High won 2nd place and a $250 award. Simran Thandi, Sheldon High School, won 3rd Place and a $100 award.  Harleen Kaur from Sheldon High School won Honorable Mention with a $50 award.

The Speech Trek contest for 2019 will be planned for the third Saturday in February. The Speech Trek Committee provides speech contest workshops at all nine of the high schools in EGUSD.

The Committee is always looking for interested members who want to work with high school students. This mission-based program provides an opportunity to grades 9-12 girls and boys to practice an important life skill: to speak publicly about one’s research and opinions on topics of gender equality.

For more information please contact:

Shari Beck, 916-451-5143, gsbeck@surewest.net
Ann Arneill, 916-668-7371, ann@arneill.com
Liz Jordan, 916-354-9608, lizjord@msn.com
Ellynrose Sheehan, cell 415-615-2099, ers1719@gmail.com

Speech Trek 2018 Recap by Shari Beck

The 11th Speech Trek Contest took place on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Cosumnes River College. Eight speakers delivered well developed thoughts about the topic, “How can we stand up to sexism.” Many families, friends and our members came to support and listen to the interesting ideas of the speakers.

Winners are pictured, left to right:

  • Grace Tan, first place, $500, Sophomore, Laguna Creek High School
  • Kathy Le, second place, $250, Junior, Pleasant Grove High School
  • Simran Thandi, third place, $100, Junior,  Sheldon High School
  • Harleen Kaur, honorable mention, $50, Junior, Sheldon High School

Speech Trek Contest Saturday, February 17, 2018 9 a.m. – Noon by Liz Jordan


Saturday, February 17, 2018
9 a.m. – Noon
Cosumnes River College, Winn Center 150

Approximately 10 EGUSD High School Students are Expected to Speak on “How to Stand Up to Sexism?”

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear young women and men address the topic “Stand Up to Sexism?” Students have six minutes to present a prepared speech with their ideas about personal and organizational efforts to end gender bias in our schools, our workplaces, our communities and our military. At the heart of the AAUW Mission, this topic should elicit some thought-provoking responses from young people who are just becoming aware of the historical and cultural barriers to gender equity.

Please join us to listen and reward our winner with a $500 check, 2nd Place with $250, 3rd Place with $100, and a possible Honorable Mention with a $50 prize. All students will be video-recorded, and the winning speech will be uploaded to YouTube, making it available for the State Semi-finals. By March 10, if our winning speaker is selected as one of the top three speakers, she/he will be invited to speak as a finalist at the Biennial Convention on April 28 at the Irvine Marriott. Those finalists compete for $500, $1,000, and $1,500 in prize money.

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To help with Speech Trek or get more information, contact:

Please note: Speech Trek Contest is also a collection opportunity for the food donation drive for CRC Hawk Spot Food Pantry. We will collect donations to help students feed themselves and their families.

Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, Feb. 17 For Speech Trek Contest by Liz Jordan

It’s the future of the movement for gender equity. It’s the best feel-good event of the AAUW year. It’s a chance to see a dozen young people from the Elk Grove Unified School District high schools speak to the topic: “How do we stand-up to sexism?”

Please join us at Cosumnes River College in Room #150 of the new Winn Center. Easily accessible off Bruceville Road from 9 a.m. to noon. The setting is inspirational, the speakers are tomorrow’s leaders, and the issue is timely. These high school students will have 6 minutes to compete for cash awards of $100, $250 and $500.

Everyone, even those with handicap placards, must pay the $2 parking fee, so be sure to find the pay station before leaving your car. Otherwise, this event is free to members and the public. Bring a friend!

Want to help? Or need more information? Contact:

Shari Beck, 916-451-5143, gsbeck@surewest.net
Liz Jordan, 916-354-9608, lizjord@msn.com
Ann Arneill, 916-737-0131, ann@arneill.com

 

Speech Trek Thanks Our Donors By Liz Jordan

The Speech Trek Committee wishes to thank the generous donors who are making the upcoming Feb. 17 Speech Trek speech contest possible.  Because of these donors, Speech Trek is able to provide

  • An informational workshop for interested students on each of the nine regular education high school campuses of the Elk Grove Unified School District.
  • Cash awards of $500 for the 1st place winner, $250 for the 2nd place winner, and $100 for the 3rd place winner.

This is a mission-based program administered by AAUW California and offers students the practice of a life skill and the opportunity to compete at the state level against the winning speakers of the 15-20 other California Branches that also offer the contest at the local level.

The following donors included a donation to Speech Trek along with their dues this year:

Ann Arneill

Kathleen Asay

Alice G. Bauer

Shari Beck

Jean Bonar

Ruth Burgess

Vivian Counts

Mary Ann Fleming

Judy Foote

Cheryl Fuller

Joan Hammond

Marlys Huez

Elizabeth Jordan

Virginia Kidd

Inger Lindholm

Catherine Locke

Charlotte Luallin

Carolyn Frame Meeker

Susana Mullen

Vicki L. Nicholson

Kathleen Papst

Bonnie Penix

Anne Rhodes

Elizabeth Rose

Sandi Schoenman

Ellynrose Sheehan

Hedda Smithson

Shirley Wheeler

Linda Whitney

Patricia Winkle

Sandra Winter

Gloria Yost

11th Annual Speech Contest Plans Begin by Liz Jordan

Would you like to join the fun?  This is chance to give a kid the opportunity to build a life-skill.

AAUW Sacramento has been very successful over the last 10 contests.  Our winners have gone on to the AAUW CA Speech Trek Semi-Finals and Finals, to win all five possible places, from 1st Place ($1500) to 5th Place ($150).  Planning for another successful competition year has just begun.

Our Sacramento contest will be held on the Cosumnes River College Campus February 17, 2018 in Winn Room 150.  We are very excited to be working with the administration at CRC to bring our contest to their campus.

The topic for the coming contest is: How can we stand up to sexism? What can I do as an individual, what can organizations like AAUW do to break down stereotypes and biases in school, in the military, at work, and in our communities?

 By presenting an Informational Workshop on each of the 9 high school campuses of the Elk Grove Unified School District, we recruit high school girls and boys to compete.   The workshop, conducted by a Speech Trek committee member, includes contest information and speech preparation materials for interested students.  Committee members coach students who commit to the competition from the workshop to contest day.

If you are interested in joining our committee, we are looking for enthusiastic new members.   We offer you the chance to shadow an experienced committee member in arranging and presenting the workshops.  We need help with all the preparations for contest day.

For more information, contact:

Speech Trek Thanks Generous Members by Liz Jordan

Speech Trek has had another successful year. The competition on Feb. 18 resulted with our local branch first-place winner Kathy Le placing fifth at the state level.

Now is the time to say Thank You to all members who donated to Speech Trek in 2016-17. We have such a supportive group who enable the Speech Trek committee to continue its work providing this opportunity to high school students.
Thank You All!!

Becky Anton
Alice Bauer
Ruth Burgess
Lori Franz
Lisa Howard
Charlotte Luallin
Anne Rhodes
Hedda Smithson
Linda Whitney
Ann Arneill
Shari Beck
Vivian Counts
Cheryl Fuller
Elizabeth Jordan
Vicki Nicholson
Marianne Rorden
Pamella Vaughn
Patricia Winkle
Gloria Yost
Kathleen Asay
Jean Bonar
Gladys Deloney
Joan Hammond
Catherine Locke
Kathleen Papst
Sandi Schoenman
Shirley Wheeler
Sandra Winter

10th Annual Speech Trek Contest Celebrates with a Two-Time Winner by Liz Jordan

Manmit Chahal, 3rd Place, Kathy Le, 1st Place, and Simran Thandi, 2nd Place

The Speech Trek Committee and many wonderful volunteers, family, and friends of the speakers listened to five high school students from the Elk Grove Unified School District at the Southgate Library on Saturday, Feb. 18. The contestants spoke to the following 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?”

Dr. Virginia Kidd, Communications Professor Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento; Kasmira Kit, a former Marine and creative entrepreneur; and Danielle Metzinger, a Learning and Development Specialist for CalSTRS judged this year’s contest. New AAUW member Jacqueline Rose served as timekeeper for the contest, and Morgan Glover, President of the CSUS Chapter of AAUW, video-recorded all of the student speeches. The Speech Tech Committee also thanks AAUW members Kathy Papst, Gloria Yost, Linda Whitney, Elizabeth Rose, and Gina Schumacher for their help at the event.

The winner of the 2017 Contest was Kathy Le, a 10th grader from Pleasant Grove High School and a familiar face to the contest because she also won first place last year as a ninth grader. This year Kathy won the $500 prize, and a video of her speech has been uploaded to the AAUW CA Speech Trek Channel on YouTube. AAUW Sacramento pays a $25 entry fee to submit Kathy’s winning speech into the state semi-finals.

Last year, 14 branches from around California submitted entries. The judges for the semi-final round view the videos of the branch entries and return their judging forms back to Cathy Foxhoven, Speech Trek Coordinator for AAUW CA. Five of the top speeches are selected. The fourth and fifth place winners are named, winning $250 and $100 respectively. The top three speakers are invited to compete at the State Bi-Annual Convention or the one-day Bi-Annual Meeting.

This year’s Speech Trek Finals will be held at the Annual Meeting at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Millbrae on April 22. The students and their chaperones will be feted at the meeting luncheon, during which they will deliver their speeches to determine the first, second, and third place winners. Those students are awarded $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively. Those awards are made possible by the generous memorial donation of Mr. Gray Allen of Roseville. Eleanor Stem Allen was an active member of Roseville AAUW and a passionate supporter of the Speech Trek Program.

This year, students from four of the district’s nine secondary campuses competed. Simran Thandi, a 10th grade student from Sheldon High School, won second place and a $250 award. Manmit Chahal, an 11th grade student also from Sheldon High School, won third place and a $100 prize. Also competing were Angela Tran, a 12th grader from Monterey Trail High School, and Bisma Khan, 12th grader from Cosumnes Oaks High School. The Speech Trek Committee provides speech contest workshops at all nine of the high schools in EGUSD.

The Speech Trek contest for 2018 will be planned for the third Saturday in February. The committee is always looking for interested members who want to work with high school students.

For more information please contact:

10th Annual Speech Trek Contest and February Branch Meeting Saturday, Feb. 18 by Liz Jordan

Southgate Library Community Room
6132 66th Avenue
9 a.m. to Noon

  • February Branch Meeting is open to the public
  • Members and public, please register here for free on Eventbrite

Please join the Speech Trek Committee of AAUW Sacramento in welcoming approximately 10 students from the Elk Grove Unified School District to compete at the annual Speech Trek Contest developed by AAUW California in 2006.

The Committee has given nine informational workshops in district high schools and is now receiving applications and rough drafts from aspiring contestants from all nine schools. We look forward to hearing what these young people think about the issues surrounding the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, which dates back to 1923 and was most recently part of the political life of the United States during late from 1978 to 1982. It has been proposed in each new Congress since it missed passage by three states in 1982. This year, however, there is renewed energy for its passage, and these young students have been researching and writing about the possibilities of its passage.

  • First Place $500; Second Place $250; Third Place $100; 4th Place $50
  • All students are video-recorded
  • Our winning speech is submitted to AAUW CA Speech Trek for the Semi-finals, which is judged by a diverse panel that views the speeches on YouTube.
  • AAUW CA invites the top three speakers to deliver their speeches at the Annual meeting where 1st Place wins $1,500, 2nd Place wins $1,000, and 3rd Place takes home $500.

Speech Trek is a mission-based program that is part of our educational outreach efforts. For more information, please contact

Speech Trek 2017: Is it Time to Pass the ERA? by Liz Jordan

Speech Trek White edgeMark 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.

Eventbrite - 2017 Speech Trek

Speech Trek is a Mission-Based program that is part of our educational outreach efforts.  For more information, please contact