1998 Mount Rushmore
International Writing Contest
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
Presidents with Visions for America

If they could speak today,
what might they say?

First Prize
Adult Prose/All Presidents
Charlotte Rostad
Rapid City, South Dakota

America Is...

WASHINGTON: The majestic rocks, the sturdy trees are symbols of the American people. They have withstood hard Winters and Summers of draught and dust storms. The American people have sharpened their skills to survive.

America is truth and strength!

JEFFERSON: We are a caring and generous people. A cry comes out from our land or a devastated country. We respond the American way to their need. We are a land of plenty.

America is Life and Love!

ROOSEVELT: As a bomber thunders over us it wakes us to remind us of our freedom. We are wrapped up in the safety and protection of our Armed Forces. Our flag waves high!

America is Liberty and Freedom!

LINCOLN: My eyes are dimmed but the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota will never fade from my memory. The season's changing colors brings to mind the different colored skins welcomed to share and join in admiration of this land.

America is Beauty and Happiness!

I believe in America - I am an American!