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Old Capitol Sertoma Club seeks essays from eighth graders

by on December 14th, 2013

From the 12/10/13 Corridor Business Journal    

Each year the Old Capitol Sertoma Club sponsors an essay contest open to all eighth-grade students in Johnson County. The essay contest focuses on issues related to the 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 Feb. 20, 2014, at the University Club. The overall winner, who will be announced at the luncheon, will receive $500 and a commemorative plaque. Each of the other finalists will receive $100. 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 donation to be used in its social studies classroom.
Students interested in participating in the essay contest may submit essays through their eighth-grade social studies teacher. Students may also submit essays to Dennis J. Mitchell, Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C., 122 S. Linn Street, Iowa City, IA, 52240 or email them to The essays must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 2014. The essays should be typed and must be 1,000 words or less. Students must provide their name, as well as contact information for their parents.
For more information, visit or email Mr. Mitchell at

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