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Dominique Ruedaflores, a freshman from Ramona Convent Secondary School, won first place at the California American Association of University Women (AAUW) Speech Trek Finals held in San Diego April 6. She won $1,500.
Dominique represented the Poway-Penasquitos branch of AAUW and qualified to compete in the state competition after winning first place at the branch competition Jan. 12. Her speech addressed the topic of eliminating violence aimed at schools and encouraged students, parents, and community members to use their voices to advocate for gun control legislation and to vote and run for office. She is passionate about public speaking because it creates a safe platform for young people to share their stories and to be heard.