Local high school students are invited to participate in American Association of University Women (AAUW) Poway-Peñasquitos branch’s annual speech contest. The contest will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, with $500 awarded to the first-place winner and $250 awarded to second place.

The local winner will then have their videotaped speech entered into the California-wide semifinal contest. Semifinals winners will then present their speeches at the AAUW California state convention in April 2020, with more cash prizes available.

This year’s speech topic is, “Are men and women truly equal today, or are the Suffragettes of 1920 still suffering in 2020?” Speeches must be original content and five to six minutes in length. The registration deadline is Jan. 25, 2020.

Learn more at powayarea-ca.aauw.net or email aauwboard@gmail.com.