Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. In our first year, we received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

Senator Oppenheimer

### Caitlin

- Caitlin Alcoba [1]

### Columbus Magnet

- Stephanie Diaz [2]
- Estephanie Garcia [3]
- Ambar-Teresita Valencia [4]

### Harrison Avenue School

- Diana Abrams [5]
- Michael Barletta [6]
- frank blythe [7]
- Takuma Endo [8]
- Matthew Hlushko [9]
- Cole Joseph [10]
- Morgan Joseph [11]
- Tyler Joseph [12]
- Shelby Lynch [13]
- Lila Mogavero [14]
- Grace Thompson [15]
- Micaela Udell [16]

### HAS

- Teddy Corcoran [17]

### JFK Elementary

- Isabel Garcia [18]

### Parsons Memorial School

- Alia Ahmed [19]
- Nadine Areikat [20]
- Rebecca Burkhardt [21]
- Alison Carpino [22]
- Abby Credendino [23]
- Andrew Cruz [24]
- Alexander Dias [25]
- Dana Dileo [26]
- Amanda Fameli [27]
- Isabella Ferraro [28]
- Isabella Ferraro [29]
- Carlos Figueroa [30]
- Cara Gonnella [31]
- Lauren Gunther [32]
- Brandon Infante [33]
- Steven Kwon [34]
- Emma Martinetti [35]
- Daniel Mayne [36]
- Ashley Minella [37]
- Austin Mueller [38]
- Chihiro Murakami [39]
- Noa Oki [40]
- Yosuke Otsu [41]
- Alexis Radcliffe [42]
- Frank Rebollo [43]
- Elizabeth Ricci [44]
- Elizabeth Ricci [45]
- Christopher Rios [46]
- Andria Scaglione [47]
- Giulia Scaglione [48]
- Nicola Scaglione [49]
- Jennifer Soriano [50]
- Sora Suzuki [51]
- Sumire Stephanie Tateiwa [52]
- Lauren Unterreiner [53]
- Keanu Valente [54]
- Fiona W [55]

### Purchase Elementary School

- Chloe Barnett [56]
- Emma Berkowitz [57]
- Isabella Bonaiuto [58]
- Emily Fernandez [59]
- Noah Malin [60]
- Brett McLaughlin [61]
- Jake Paul [62]
- Andie Riesel [63]
- Jordana Roshco [64]

### Ridgeway Elementary School

- Caran Alexis [65]
- Cecilia Barragan [66]
- Alexander Carrillo [67]
- Alexandria Carrillo [68]
- Tyle Coble [69]
- Julia Duvanich [70]
- Britney Granago Barrios [71]
- Joseph Kennedy [72]
- Jay Lester [73]
- Evelyn Lopez [74]
- Amalia Merino [75]
- Elan na [76]
- Mary O'Callaghan [77]
- Colin Orr [78]
- Clarymar Perez [79]
- Marlee Reinmuth [80]
- Selena Ruiz [81]
- Robert Saqui [82]
- Lauren Sasa [83]
- Charlotte Savigny [84]
- Marisa T [85]
- Arul Vasanez [86]
- Kelin Vidal [87]
- Hunter Walters [88]

### Samuel J Preston Elementary School

- Isabella Silva [89]