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AAUW Speech Trek Contest

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Date(s) - 02/21/2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sonora Hills Clubhouse


AAUW Sonora Branch is sponsoring its annual Speech Trek Contest on Saturday, February 21, at 2 pm in the Sonora Hills Clubhouse. In preparation for the competition, 15 local high school students have written and are practicing delivery of their 5-minute speeches on the topic: “College–Is it Worth the Time and Expense? Why?”

Judges for the competition include: Kate Powell Segerstrom, Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge; Suzy Hopkins, Editor/Publisher of Friends & Neighbors Magazine; Liz Sewell, former Executive Director of the Center for a Nonviolent Community, Dr. Angela Fairchild, President of Columbia College; and Dr. Lynn Martin, member of the Board of Trustees for the Yosemite Community College District.

The students are competing for monetary prizes from AAUW Sonora Branch, and for the opportunity to compete at the AAUW State Finals in April, where winners receive up to $1,500.

This event is free, and open to all interested persons.

The Speech Trek Contest for secondary students is only one of the endeavors of the AAUW Sonora Branch, which was chartered in 1961. With proceeds from its Home Tour & Tea fundraiser each December, the non-profit organization awards scholarships to local women for two-year and four-year colleges and universities, and sends incoming eighth-grade girls to Tech Trek, a math and science camp held at Cal State University-Fresno.

The mission of the AAUW Sonora Branch is to break through educations and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Membership is open to men and women with an AA degree or higher. Call Marilyn Graham at 536-4923 or visit aauwsonora.org for more information about the AAUW Sonora Branch.