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POLK COUNTY — High school girls in 10th or 11th grade at a Polk County school can win up to $500 in the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) annual Speech Trek contest.

The contest, sponsored by the AAUW’s Salem chapter, is March 5 at Chemeketa Community College. Registration runs through Feb. 19 or after 20 applications are received.

This year’s contest theme is “Women’s Progress in Equity.”

Speakers must prepare an original six-minute speech about a current or historic woman who has excelled in science, technology, engineering or math; who has been an effective advocate for social justice and equity; or has been an effective leader in government.

Three cash prizes for $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded.

More information about the contest and its requirements, as well as registration materials and information, are available online at

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