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 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. 


Joseph A. Griffo

2018 Submissions

Albany Elementary School

5th Grade

Christian rios an essay (pdf)

Derek Le an essay (pdf)

Lejla Kendic an essay (pdf)

Nisreen Alazaizi an essay (pdf)

Omar Alfalahi an essay (pdf)

Richard Nicotera an essay (pdf)

Suhaly Black an essay (pdf)

Beaver River Elementary School

3rd Grade

Addison a poem (docx)

Amelia an essay (docx)

Andrew a poem (docx)

Audrey a poem (docx)

Cade an essay (docx)

Carson a poem (docx)

Emma a poem (docx)

Gabrielle a poem (docx)

Hannah a poem (docx)

Jackson a poem (docx)

Jayden a poem (docx)

Jordis a poem (docx)

Kaylee a poem (docx)

Madison a poem (docx)

Maximus a poem (docx)

Natalie a poem (docx)

Ryan an essay (docx)

Ryker a poem (docx)

Wesley a poem (docx)

William an essay (docx)

Zeanna a poem (docx)

Camden Elementary School

3rd Grade

Makenna J a work of art (jpg)

Makenna J a work of art (jpg)

Makenna J a work of art (jpg)

Camden Middle School

5th Grade

Adam Theall, Jr. an essay (docx)

Alexander Harrington an essay (docx)

Alexis Albrecht an essay (docx)

Autum Fountain an essay (docx)

Brooklyn Wall an essay (docx)

Gage Grinnell an essay (docx)

Izeyah Hughes an essay (docx)

Jacob Seamon an essay (docx)

Jordan Addison an essay (docx)

Kayden Von Krusze an essay (docx)

Krystle Plummer an essay (docx)

Mason Willson an essay (docx)

Nevaeh Reese an essay (docx)

Nicholas Boots, Jr. an essay (docx)

Sara Riegler an essay (docx)

Savannah Groth an essay (docx)

Tyler Salmon an essay (docx)

Hughes Elementary School

1st Grade

Ayla Arnold an essay (pdf)

Derek Bachelder an essay (pdf)

Derek Bachelder an essay (jpeg)

Isabella Hull a work of art (pdf)

Lily Grossman a work of art (pdf)

Matthew Slatton an essay (pdf)

Nina Valent an essay (pdf)

John E Joy Elementary School

1st Grade

Lowville Elementary School

5th Grade

Anthony LaPuma a poem (pdf)

Carter Fowler a work of art (pdf)

Case Allen a work of art (pdf)

Corinne Haney a poem (pdf)

Dieondre Wells an essay (pdf)

Joshua Weiler a poem (pdf)

Katarina Gohlert a poem (pdf)

Leah Metzler a poem (pdf)

Madeline Meleshchuk an essay (pdf)

Marcus Chang an essay (pdf)

Noah Virkler an essay (pdf)

Remsen Elementary School

2nd Grade

Addison Battle an essay (pdf)

Arynn Day an essay (pdf)

Caleb Millick an essay (pdf)

Chelsea McCauley an essay (pdf)

Daniel Kaufman an essay (pdf)

Emmelia Smith an essay (pdf)

Hannah Winghart an essay (pdf)

Hunter Wilcox an essay (pdf)

Jasmine Colon an essay (pdf)

Johnna Newland an essay (pdf)

Julia Natalini an essay (pdf)

Kaydence Kozak an essay (pdf)

Madelyn Piekielniak an essay (pdf)

Ryan Uebele an essay (pdf)

Sophia Yager an essay (pdf)

Spencer Anderson an essay (pdf)

5th Grade

Ellie Secor an essay (pdf)

Emily Shufelt an essay (pdf)

Regan Meeker an essay (pdf)

6th Grade

Addison Tesmer an essay (pdf)

Breanah Pula an essay (pdf)

Jennah Day an essay (pdf)

Robert L Bradley Elementary School

1st Grade

West Leyden Elementary School

5th Grade

Abryonnah D. a work of art (pdf)

Austyn P. a work of art (pdf)

Ben F. a work of art (pdf)

Eli G. a work of art (pdf)

Hannah a work of art (pdf)

Kiersten a work of art (pdf)

Logan F. a work of art (pdf)

Michael B. a work of art (pdf)

Rilee O. a poem (pdf)

Skyler G. a work of art (pdf)