Each year the Old Capitol Sertoma Club sponsors an essay contest open to all eighth grade students in Johnson County, Iowa. The essay contest focuses on issues related to our country's government or national heritage.

The topic of this year's essay was: 

Discuss and explain the freedoms protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Students from Clear Creek Amana Middle School, North Central Junior High School, Northwest Junior High School, and South East Junior High School participated in the contest. 

The finalists from each school were:

     Audra Schultz - Clear Creek Amana Middle School

     Avrill Gratton - North Central Junior High

     Madeleine Roberts-Ganim - Northwest Junior High

     Zoe Miller - Southeast Junior High

The finalists were honored at a luncheon held at the University Club on Thursday, February 19, 2015 that was attended by the mayors of Iowa City, Coralville, and University Heights. The overall winner was Avrill Gratton. Ms. Gratton received a prize of $500.00 and a commemorative plaque. Each of the other finalists received a prize of $100.00. North Central Junior High also received the traveling trophy until next year's contest. In addition, each school that participated received a $100.00 donation to be used in its social studies classroom.

Congratulations to each of the finalists!

2015 National Heritage Essay Contest 

​Finalists Announced

of Iowa City and Coralville


Join Us for Lunch!

Our club meets for lunch each Thursday at noon in the west meeting room at the University Club, 1360 Melrose Ave., Iowa City, Iowa.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please join us as a guest for lunch!  To learn more about our club, please click here or use the Contact page to email us.

​On August 26th we will be discussing the upcoming Airport Breakfast.

On September 3rd we'll be joined by Alexandra Drehman, who is the Executive Director/Curator at the Johnson County Historical Society.. 

Future speakers and meetings can be found on our Schedule page.​​

Sertoma's 37th Annual Airport Breakfast

                                               Our 37th Annual Airport Breakfast will take place on Sunday, August

                                               30th, from 7 a.m. to Noon at the Iowa City Municipal Airport. In

                                               addition to pancakes, the event includes live air shows, aviation

                                               exhibits, free hearing screenings, antique and sports cars, and other

                                               displays and activities for all ages, including Duder the Clown. The

                                               breakfast is $6 for adults and children ages 11 and older; $4 for

                                               children 3 to 11; and free for children under 3. All other activities and displays are free. The net proceeds from the event will be used to support our club's programs and activities.

​We hope to see you there!

Pictured from left to right: Audra Schultz, Clear Creek Amana Middle School; Madeleine Roberts-Ganim, Northwest Junior High; Avrill Gratton, North Central Junior High; and Zoe Miller, South East Junior High