1999 Mount Rushmore
International Writing Contest
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
Presidents with Visions for America

If they could speak today,
what might they say?

Third Place Winner: Adult Prose
Susan Morrison
Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Lincoln: Education for All

As we approach the dawn of a new millennium, education remains the most important subject that we as a people can be engaged in. We must embrace the opportunity to share our knowledge, to embrace all global citizens as neighbours and to work hand in hand for the benefit of all mankind. We must move away from nationalism, to a world without borders, for it is only then that we can truly understand and accept one another. We must support those less fortunate, and share our vast educational resources so that there is no 'third' world...only one world. Let us encourage our young people as they venture into an uncharted, technological world . Let us teach them to balance intellect with compassion, imagination with reason, and to forever seek the truth.