Speech Trek was funded 11 years ago in honor of AAUW member Eleanor Stem Allen to encourage high school students to speak out articulately on issues of importance. It fills a gap in AAUW support from Tech Trek for middle schoolers and our college and graduate studies’ scholarships. Students compete in giving a 5-6 minute original videotaped speech in front of a live audience on the chosen topic before a panel of judges; the top student from our local AAUW affiliate, the branch semi-finalist, submits a YouTube video of their speech to the State Speech Trek judges. First place winner will receive $1500, 2nd place $1000, 3rd $500, 4th $250 and 5th $150 and will travel to the State Convention/Annual Meeting all expenses paid. This year’s topic is: Are Men and Women Truly Equal Today, or are the Suffragists of 1920 still suffering in 2020? The Speech Trek Committee welcomes your support as a volunteer or as a donor to support our local prizes.