2021 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 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.


Anthony H. Palumbo

2021 Submissions

Hampton Bays Elementary School

3rd Grade

Addison Schultze an essay (jpg)

Alexander Sequeira an essay (jpg)

Ariana Lopez an essay (jpg)

Emeli Ochoa Hernandez an essay (jpg)

George Rose an essay (jpg)

Khloe Talmage an essay (jpg)

William Loudenslager an essay (jpg)

4th Grade

David Juarez an essay (jpg)

Ivie Alfaro an essay (jpg)

Jostin Fernandez Barzallo an essay (jpg)

Karen Hernandez an essay (jpg)

Logan Haynes an essay (jpg)

Maya Ollennu an essay (jpg)

Talia Stevens an essay (jpg)

John F Kennedy Middle School

6th Grade

Dalbert a work of art (jpg)

Dylan a work of art (jpg)

Jennifer a work of art (jpg)

Melkis a work of art (jpg)

Ruth a work of art (jpg)

Westhampton Beach Senior High School

11th Grade

Gavin Vanderschaaf an essay (pdf)