2017 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.


John J. Bonacic

2017 Submissions

Ellenville Middle School

6th Grade

Kevin Gatica-8th Grade an essay (docx)

Kevin Reyes an essay (docx)

Sofia Rosado Galindo an essay (docx)

Kenneth L Rutherford School

2nd Grade

Dillon Kreiter a work of art (jpeg)

5th Grade

Abby Morse a poem (docx)

Brianna Seaman a work of art (png)

Britney Garcia Vilchis an essay (docx)

Ellyza Ocampo a work of art (png)

Eve Alden an essay (docx)

Gelina Fernandez a work of art (png)

Gianna Malino an essay (docx)

Isis Castro a poem (docx)

Jayden BerriosCuevas a work of art (png)

Jelea Winstead an essay (docx)

Jimy Martin an essay (docx)

Jylinah Crawford a work of art (png)

Jylinah Crawford a poem (docx)

Jylinah Crawford a work of art (png)

Kimberly Flores an essay (docx)

Krystiana Ulger a work of art (png)

Reese Kelly a poem (docx)

Savanna Baylis an essay (docx)

Skye Jenkins a work of art (png)

Tahjae McDaniels a work of art (png)

Unique Merado a work of art (png)

Pakanasink Elementary School

1st Grade

Allyson Perez a poem (pdf)

Alyanna Thompson a poem (pdf)

Katelyn Byrnes a poem (pdf)

Lucy Tymczyszyn a poem (pdf)

Miabella Altomare a poem (pdf)

Mikala Nicholson a poem (pdf)

Park Avenue Elementary School


Dean Falkena a work of art (pdf)

Desond Goldstein a work of art (pdf)

Emileo Nicosia a work of art (pdf)

Leah Scalo a work of art (pdf)

Saint John's School

2nd Grade

Alessandro Pepe an essay (pdf)

Ben Chin an essay (pdf)

Fiona Serringer an essay (pdf)

Julia Cocco an essay (pdf)

Kate Heppes an essay (pdf)

Kaylee Schwartz an essay (pdf)

Madison McNamara an essay (pdf)

Matteo Narcisse an essay (pdf)

Riley Grob an essay (pdf)

Shayla Halpin an essay (pdf)

Sophia Lopresti an essay (pdf)

Sophia-Marie Dorosz an essay (pdf)

Taison Whelan an essay (pdf)