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?

Seventh Grade Winner: Prose
Dominick Tao
Homeschool, Teacher: Marie Tao, Lakeland, Florida

I, Thomas Jefferson

I, Thomas Jefferson have accomplished a great deal of things in my life such as writing the Decloration of Independence and even being the President of the United States of America. However, the nation that I see today is far beyond anything that I could ever dream to accomplish.

The people who live in this country have some of the highest standards of living in all of the world. You can wake up in the morning and not worry about beign arrested for protesting taxes or sent to a concentration camp for beign a certain religion. If America had been the way it is now 200 years ago, many people would not have died for what they believed in.

I am overjoyed to see that my contributions to this nation have paid off. I am even happier to see that America has prospered and that freedom still rings loud in this proud country!