Mount Rushmore Contest
War on Terrorism Contest Results

Inspired by Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
The Contest
Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt and Lincoln
Presidents with Visions for America ...and the World
If they could speak what would they say about the war on terrorism?

Choose one president, and in 75 words or fewer,
prose and/or poetry,
enter the words as though the President were speaking.
The Contest closed March 31, 2002.

Thanks to all who entered.

Winners

Lincoln...

Gentlemen,

I declare a proclamation,
of our own emancipation,
to free us from this station,
for the future of our nation,
is at stake.

Our dreams have been distorted,
our hopes have been aborted,
our integrity is thwarted,
by evil ones imported,
through our gate.

Intervention's clearly needed,
in this garden we have seeded,
all her laws were superseded,
now she cries out to be weeded,
before she breaks.

Fella's?
F-e-l-l-a-'-s!!
How about a push?!

Mary Ellen Clark, Robbinsville, NC

Prize: $100 U.S. Savings Bond
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Washington...

A grief has touched us deep,
That made us wish to weep.
Our home, always so loved,
Was stained by blameless blood.

Yet now we must stand tall,
Of war we heard the call.
The pain is fresh, but still
We have to fight until
We may be safe again,
And confidence regain.

I shall to you this say:
For freedom stand today
Against an enemy
That wants us on our knees.

Olga Moskvina, Bonita Vista Middle School, Chula Vista, CA

Prize: Mt. Rushmore Silver Dollar

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Jefferson...

My heart is filled with grief,
My eyes behold such fear.
At times like this, when life seems brief,
I relish my place up here.

The threat of terror tries
to smother freedom flames that burn.
Yet God above will hear your cries
and give you what you yearn.

The war on terror has excelled
as it strives to save,
Rights which have forever dwelled
in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Lindsey Regan, Lockport, NY, Lockport High School

Prize: a Mt. Rushmore 50th Anniversary Commemorative Postage Stamp Poster
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...Roosevelt

There isn't room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities. It‚s going to take a lot more then the terrorist attacks to bring our nation down. We'll stick together through whatever is thrown at us, no matter what happens.

Aaron Pace, Davisburg, Michigan
Prize: a Mt. Rushmore 50th Anniversary Commemorative Postage Stamp Poster
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Miss Johnson, Bonita Vista Middle School, Chula Vista, CA is awarded a Mt. Rushmore 50th Anniversary Commemorative Postage Stamp Poster for best class participation.