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The Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is inviting local high school students to participate in this year’s AAUW Speech Trek Contest.

The Lompoc-Vandenberg branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is inviting local high school students to participate in its second annual Speech Trek competition.

The contest, which is open to all enrolled high school students, will be held Feb. 8 in the City Council Chambers at Lompoc City Hall. Students who wish to compete must turn in applications and consent forms by Friday, Jan. 11.

The topic for this year’s contest, in which students will give speeches in front of a panel of judges, is: “How can we — students, parents, faculty, our communities, and organizations such as AAUW — eliminate violence aimed at our schools? What actions can we take to prevent another tragedy from taking place?”

Members of the public are invited to watch the students give their speeches on Feb. 8 at City Hall.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, including $250, $150, and $100, respectively.

CoastHills Credit Union is the local prize sponsor, and support from anonymous community donors and AAUW members covers expenses for the event, according to the AAUW.

There is no charge to high school students who participate. Volunteer mentors are available to students who would like to have assistance in preparing for the contest.

For more information, contact Pam Buchanan at pamelajoybuchanan@icloud.com, or at 805-588-2916.

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