2020 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. 


Andrew Gounardes

2020 Submissions

Brooklyn Amity School

4th Grade

Azra Yilmaz a poem (docx)

Feyza Duran an essay (docx)

Jaiden Abarquez a poem (docx)

Lucas a work of art (docx)

Safiya Aiupova a poem (docx)

D & G Kaloidis Parochial School

4th Grade

Bishara an essay (pdf)

Mihali Halkias a poem (docx)

Scarlett Diviney an essay (docx)

Our Lady Of Grace Catholic Academy

4th Grade

Anthony Espinal an essay (docx)

Antonio Caruso an essay (docx)

Briana Boltyansky an essay (docx)

citlali Vazquez an essay (docx)

Denise Palillero an essay (docx)

Edwin Mattei an essay (docx)

Evan Zilin an essay (docx)

Isabella Vizcarrondo an essay (docx)

Kaitlyn Traktman an essay (docx)

Lucas Cornell an essay (docx)

Mariam Egiazarian an essay (docx)

Matthew Cartelli an essay (docx)

Melissa Gauto an essay (docx)

Melody Carpinteyro an essay (docx)

Nathaniel Gazyants an essay (docx)

Nicholas Sinatra an essay (docx)

Precious Nzereogu an essay (docx)

Renzo Bryant an essay (docx)

5th Grade

Christine Latona an essay (docx)

Christine Latona an essay (docx)

Emma Carollo an essay (docx)

Erika Gauto an essay (docx)

Gianna Rinaldi an essay (docx)

Isabella Veselov an essay (docx)

Janna Mikhaeil an essay (docx)

Joseph Veselov an essay (docx)

Matthew LiMandri an essay (docx)

Michael Ross an essay (docx)

Olga Cretu an essay (docx)

Paul Kolbasko an essay (docx)

Sofia Ditto an essay (docx)

William Olson an essay (docx)

PS 185 Walter Kassenbrock

4th Grade

Gabriella Ciccone an essay (pdf)

Lillian Vernarsky an essay (jpeg)

Roman McCaghren an essay (docx)

The Ps 101 Verrazano

1st Grade

Heidi Allegaert a work of art (jpeg)

4th Grade

Mackenzie Mei an essay (pdf)

5th Grade

Matthieu Mei an essay (docx)

Visitation Academy

4th Grade

Alesiandra Nikezi an essay (pdf)

Angelina Soranno an essay (pdf)

Ava Coluccio an essay (pdf)

Colette McConnell an essay (pdf)

Elizabeth Frederickson an essay (pdf)

Emily Haidar an essay (pdf)

Giuliana Alaimo an essay (pdf)

Haweni Walcott an essay (pdf)

Melia Inanc an essay (pdf)

Olivia Shahin an essay (pdf)

Rebecca Joerss an essay (pdf)

Remy Hansen an essay (pdf)

Sophia Benitez an essay (pdf)

Stacy Orfanos an essay (pdf)

Stella Pettit an essay (pdf)