Old Capitol Sertoma Club
P.O. Box 658, Iowa City, IA 52244-0658
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 form of government or national heritage. The topic of this year's essay is: “What do you believe could be done to encourage more compromise between members of the U.S. Congress?”
The Old Capitol Sertoma Club will choose a finalist from each junior high school, as well as a finalist from the home-schooled students who participate. The finalists will be honored at a luncheon at the University Club on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The overall winner, who will be announced at the luncheon, will receive $500.00 and a commemorative plaque. Each of the other finalists will receive a $100.00. The winner's school will also receive a traveling trophy until next year's contest. In addition, each school that participates will receive a $100.00 donation to be used in its social studies classroom.
Students who are interested in participating in the essay contest may submit their essays through their 8th grade Social Studies teacher. Students may also submit their essays to Dennis J. Mitchell, Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C., 122 S. Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa, 52240 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The essays must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014. The essays should be typed and must be 1000 words or less. Students must provide their name, as well as contact information for their parents. If you would like additional information about the essay contest, please contact Dennis Mitchell at email@example.com.