2018 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.


David Carlucci

2018 Submissions

A MacArthur Barr 5-6 Academy for Excellence

5th Grade

Abbey an essay (pdf)

Aidan an essay (pdf)

Aileen an essay (pdf)

Amari an essay (pdf)

Anina an essay (pdf)

Anthony an essay (pdf)

Athena an essay (pdf)

Austin an essay (pdf)

Ava an essay (pdf)

Avery an essay (pdf)

Cameron an essay (pdf)

Casey an essay (pdf)

Casey P an essay (pdf)

Christien a poem (pdf)

Christina an essay (pdf)

Ciara an essay (pdf)

Claire an essay (pdf)

Daniel an essay (pdf)

Eli an essay (pdf)

Eric an essay (pdf)

Ford an essay (pdf)

Frank an essay (pdf)

Hugh an essay (pdf)

Isabelle an essay (pdf)

Jack an essay (pdf)

Joel an essay (pdf)

Joseph an essay (pdf)

Julia an essay (pdf)

Julianne an essay (pdf)

Kara an essay (pdf)

Katie K an essay (pdf)

Katie S an essay (pdf)

Kelvin an essay (pdf)

Kevin an essay (pdf)

Khadijah an essay (pdf)

Khushi an essay (pdf)

Lydia an essay (pdf)

Margaret an essay (pdf)

Matthew an essay (pdf)

Olivia an essay (pdf)

Payton an essay (pdf)

Ryan an essay (pdf)

Samantha an essay (pdf)

Sophia an essay (pdf)

Sophia C an essay (pdf)

Stephen an essay (pdf)

Vivian an essay (pdf)

Zoe an essay (pdf)

Eldorado Elementary School

4th Grade

6th Grade

Ashley Thezan a work of art (jpeg)

Rhianna Jean-Noel a work of art (jpeg)

Hempstead Elementary School

1st Grade

Acacia Hector a work of art (jpg)

Adriana Carado a work of art (jpg)

Belkis Duque-Sandoval a work of art (jpg)

Connor Solorzano a work of art (jpg)

Elizabeth Perez a work of art (jpg)

Franchelly Desir a work of art (jpg)

Gloria Prevoit a work of art (jpg)

Heliana Quevedo-Vasquez a work of art (jpg)

Iker Parra a work of art (jpg)

Janitcheda Camay a work of art (jpg)

Jaylah Castillo a work of art (jpg)

Jennifer Guaman a work of art (jpg)

Kayla Carter a work of art (jpg)

Nataly Palma-Lucero a work of art (jpg)

Nayrovi Martinez a work of art (jpg)

Pitt Ortiz a work of art (jpg)

Sahara Nichols a work of art (jpg)

5th Grade

Luna Avila a work of art (jpg)

Roudalieya Touzin a work of art (jpg)

Samaya Christophe a work of art (jpg)

Sarah Alcenat a work of art (jpg)

6th Grade

Brayan Alvarado a work of art (jpg)

Kevin Calzadilla a work of art (jpg)

Nathan Dennison a work of art (jpg)

Nayanah Corbett a work of art (jpg)

Zachary Daniel a work of art (jpg)

Margetts Elementary School

3rd Grade

Brianna a work of art (jpg)

Debbie a work of art (jpg)

Eian a poem (jpg)

Elizabeth a work of art (jpg)

Endruy a work of art (jpg)

Hanfa a work of art (jpg)

Maria a work of art (jpg)

Queenie a work of art (jpg)

Sasha a work of art (jpg)

Zainab a work of art (jpg)

Rockland Country Day School

4th Grade

Alexandra an essay (pdf)

Ayanda an essay (pdf)

Jacob an essay (pdf)

Matthew an essay (pdf)

Morgan an essay (pdf)

Tristan an essay (pdf)

South Orangetown Middle School

6th Grade

Kate M. a work of art (jpeg)

Suffern Middle School

6th Grade

Carmelina Deraco an essay (docx)

Dashiell Gelardi an essay (docx)

David Tarantino an essay (docx)

Dylan Palmiotto an essay (docx)

Eli Swerdloff an essay (docx)

Eliana Panoff a poem (docx)

Eva Epstein an essay (docx)

Isabelle Anders a poem (docx)

Isla Bowler-Tunick an essay (docx)

Jenna Jacobson an essay (docx)

Julia Lombardo a poem (docx)

Justin Silver an essay (docx)

Kyla Jean an essay (docx)

Leo Nodelman an essay (docx)

Lori Tekeyan a poem (docx)

Matthew Doherty an essay (docx)

Melina Georges a poem (docx)

Micah Jean-Pierre an essay (docx)

Miles Peters a poem (docx)

Nicole DiTore an essay (docx)

Palak Shah an essay (docx)

Rachel Bruno an essay (docx)

Vienna Valente an essay (docx)