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. 


Anna M. Kaplan

2022 Submissions

Great Neck North Middle School

6th Grade

Ayden Sedaghat a poem (jpeg)

Bradley Makani a poem (jpeg)

Brooke Ohebshalom a work of art (png)

Claire Hakimi a poem (pdf)

Elise Liu a work of art (jpeg)

Ellen a poem (jpeg)

Evelyn Pae a work of art (jpeg)

George a work of art (jpeg)

Giselle a work of art (jpeg)

Heather Beerman a work of art (jpeg)

Jacob goldstein a work of art (jpeg)

Jayden Wen a poem (pdf)

Jillian Khadavi an essay (jpeg)

Jordan spitalnic a work of art (png)

Jordana Ahdoot a work of art (jpeg)

Justin Rahmanzada a poem (jpeg)

Kayla Levy a poem (jpeg)

Lauren Sarang Joo a work of art (jpeg)

Leon N an essay (jpeg)

Liam a work of art (jpeg)

Max Tehrani an essay (jpeg)

Noah MONASEBIAN a work of art (jpeg)

Rameesha Noor a work of art (jpeg)

Rehem baladev a work of art (jpeg)

Shaya a work of art (jpeg)

Taji Wilson a poem (txt)

Yael Keypour a work of art (jpeg)

7th Grade

Gabriel Farhadian a work of art (png)

Gemma Soleymani a poem (jpeg)

Lily Kase a poem (jpeg)

Shiloh a poem (jpeg)

Yoni Yousefzadeh a poem (png)

8th Grade

Benjamin Tehrani a poem (jpeg)

Chen Chen a poem (pdf)

Gilad a poem (jpeg)

Jacob a poem (jpeg)

Jacob spitalnic a poem (jpeg)

Jolie a poem (jpeg)

Letizia Kaya an essay (pdf)

Liel an essay (pdf)

Liel kafa an essay (jpeg)

Luke a poem (pdf)

Luke Zhong a poem (jpeg)

Ravid Nafisi an essay (docx)

Vanessa an essay (jpeg)

Zahara Bendelstein a poem (jpeg)

Herricks High School

10th Grade

Hiba Irfan a poem (pdf)

Hiba Irfan a poem (txt)

John Street School

2nd Grade


5th Grade

Andrew Sass a work of art (jpeg)

6th Grade

Riley Dietz a poem (jpg)

New Hyde Park Road School

4th Grade

Presley Nonaillada a work of art (jpeg)

5th Grade

Anubha Saha an essay (pdf)

Neil Dhawan an essay (pdf)

6th Grade

Priscilla Thomas a work of art (jpeg)