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Speech Trek

Speech Trek, is an AAUW California project that begins on the branch level with a speech tournament for local high school students and culminates with three top statewide finalists performing their five-minute speeches at the AAUW California convention/annual meeting in April. AAUW Morgan Hill participates by inviting high school students to participate in our own local contest.

Mission Statement

To promote understanding and communication of gender-equity issues among high school students through their research, preparation, and presentation of high-quality speeches, while promoting the value of public speaking as a life and leadership skill.


Speech Trek was established by AAUW CA in 2007. In 2009, it was renamed the Eleanor Stem Allen Memorial Speech Trek Contest in honor and memory of an AAUW member and teacher who recognized the importance of public speaking skills in teaching students about issues that matter to AAUW, and in gratitude to her family for providing ongoing financial support for the project

 Morgan Hill Speech Trek

The Morgan Hill branch held its first annual Speech Trek contest in 2014. Contestants are limited to 5-6 minutes to express their thoughts on the given year’s topic. (See contest details below.) Prizes are awarded to the top three contestants.

2020 Speech Trek winners. L-R: Margaret McCann (coach), Danielle Chaisson (3rd place, Sobrato HS), Diya Khandra (2nd place, Sobrato HS), Gelasia Tiwana (1st place, Sobrato HS), Joanne Rooney (contest organizer)

Following is a video of the 2020 winning speech, by Gelasia Tiwana



Speech Trek is open to all high school students in California. Girls and boys enrolled in any public or private high school, as well as home schooled students, are eligible to participate.

Students who were finalists at the state competition in prior years may participate in local Speech Trek competitions, but are ineligible to repeat as state finalists.

2019-20 Contest Details

Speech Trek Student Toolkit, including this year’s topic and an application form

Speech Trek flyer