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?

1st Place Winner: Adult Prose
Anita Schoniger
Keystone, South Dakota

Lincoln: Speaker for the People

"My fellow presidents and I, feel truly blessed to have been chosen to represent the American spirit in this beautiful state of South Dakota.

My dream was to see a nation free of slavery and inequality. What the American people have accomplished in the past 134 years, has far surpassed that!

I am so proud to see a nation where women can now vote and be elected to public office; where children of all ages and races can receive a quality education, and where people are judged on their merits rather than the color of their skin.

As we have gazed down on your faces over the years, we have seen the same strength and determination that brought our country out of the Civil War. We see your love and respect for our constitution. We are humbled and proud to sit on this great monument today called Mount Rushmore. As we enter the new millenium, let us all take a moment and bow our heads and thank God that we live in such a magnificent land that we call America."