My Mt. Rushmore

By Cate Berkheimer

Facts About Mt. Rushmore

Did you know that Mt. Rushmore was designed by Gutzon Borglum? And has the faces of four former presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. It was finished in 1941 and is located near Keystone, South Dakota.If I could build my own Mt. Rushmore I would put the following people, who are very important to me, carved in the granite: My Dad, My Mom, My Grandma, and Jodie. These people are very important to me and am going to tell you why.

The First Person

The first person I would put on my Mt. Rushmore would be my dad, James Berkheimer. The first reason I would nominate my dad is because he is a Field Service Guy. He fixes lab instruments and sometimes saves people’s lives. Another reason is that he taught me strong values. He taught me right and wrong, religious beliefs, and to never give up.

The Second Person

The second person I would nominate to be on my Mt. Rushmore would be my mom, Heather Berkheimer. One reason is that my mom makes the best spaghetti ever! It smells so good and is juicy. It also has creamy meat sauce. The second reason I want her on my monument is that when I get sick she helps me a lot. Recently I was sick and she made lots of chicken noodle soup.

Another Person

Another person I would put on my Mt. Rushmore would be my grandma, Yuki Berkheimer. Her first name is Japanese, just like she is. One reason I nominate her is that she is the best cook ever! She makes yummy pumpkin chocolate cookies. They are good, gooey, and smell like pumpkin pie. Another reason is that she takes me to the Oberlin Fair. She lets me go on a bunch rides and gets me cotton candy.

The Last Person

The last person I would nominate to be on my Mt. Rushmore would be Jodie, my dance teacher. The first reason I would be that she teaches me a lot of skillful dances. One was “Walz of the Flowers” from the Nutcracker. The second reason is that she is very nice and boosts my confidence. When I don’t get a dance step, she’ll go over it again.


Now you have heard about the people I would put on my Mt. Rushmore: my mom, dad, grandma, Jodie. They are all very special people to me because of how different they are from each other. These people may never be carved into granite, but they will always be carved into my heart.

Cate Berkheimer