2022 Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. 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 community, 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. 


Andrea Stewart-Cousins
New York State Senator, District 35
President Pro Tem, Majority Leader

2022 Submissions

Ardsley High School

10th Grade

Gianna Mendelson an essay (pdf)

Hayden Leibman an essay (pdf)

School 16


K Lepore a work of art (pdf)

K Rodier a work of art (pdf)

2nd Grade

Pressman Class an essay (pdf)

3rd Grade

3 Giuliano an essay (pdf)

5th Grade

myers an essay (pdf)

Woodlands Senior High School

7th Grade

Alexesandrov Mora a work of art (jpg)

Arturo Gomez a work of art (png)

Joana Gleixner a work of art (jpg)

Natalia Gabriele a work of art (jpg)

Roman Smith a work of art (pdf)

Sabrina Jarldane a work of art (png)

8th Grade

Emma Lee a work of art (jpg)

Khloe Fuentes an essay (pdf)

Samantha Estrada Galvez a work of art (jpg)

10th Grade

Abigail A Hernandez a poem (docx)

Alexa Perez a work of art (pdf)

Michelle Granada a work of art (jpg)

Natalia Zamora an essay (pdf)

Savannah Haffenden an essay (pdf)

12th Grade

Chantel Lewis a poem (pdf)