2019 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

2019 Submissions

Adirondack Middle School

6th Grade

Englyn Payne an essay (pdf)

Jordan Longamore an essay (pdf)

Rilee O'Hara a work of art (pdf)

Rylee Disotell an essay (pdf)

Albany Elementary School

5th Grade

Abdul Hamid an essay (pdf)

ADELINA MUMINOVIC an essay (pdf)

Adham Grullon an essay (pdf)

ADNA TABAKOVIC an essay (pdf)

AMAR RAMIC an essay (pdf)

AMINA CAVCIC an essay (pdf)

ELDIN BOROVIC an essay (pdf)

ELI RIVERA an essay (pdf)

ELMIN KEREN an essay (pdf)

Gloria Wah an essay (pdf)

Jennifer Connor an essay (pdf)

Kenneth Garcia an essay (pdf)

NAVARIYA MATHIS an essay (pdf)

Omar Al-dolli an essay (pdf)

Tameka Ellis an essay (pdf)

ZAYDEE ESPINOSA an essay (pdf)

6th Grade

DAMIAN CORREA III an essay (pdf)

KIMSEAN BUTH an essay (pdf)

MAKAYLA WATSON an essay (pdf)

SAMANTHA STARK an essay (pdf)

E A Mcallister Elementary School

4th Grade

Reilly Mumford an essay (pdf)

Gansevoort Elementary School


Starr a work of art (pdf)

Tony a work of art (pdf)

Za'Hari a work of art (pdf)

John E Joy Elementary School

5th Grade

Tessa Fall a poem (docx)

6th Grade

Amelia Furbeck an essay (pdf)

Angel Lane an essay (pdf)

Cayden Moccaldi an essay (pdf)

Dayton Dyer an essay (pdf)

Elsy Sanabria an essay (pdf)

Emma Larrabee an essay (pdf)

Jacob Croniser an essay (pdf)

Joseph Crouse an essay (pdf)

Kaycee Casler an essay (pdf)

Marayah Alsante an essay (pdf)

Piper Taylor an essay (pdf)

Louis V Denti Elementary School

3rd Grade

Trenee Kirk an essay (docx)

River Valley Mennonite School

6th Grade

Carson a poem (docx)

Stokes Elementary School


Isabella Todora a work of art (jpg)

4th Grade

Aiden F. a work of art (jpg)

Aiden F. a work of art (pdf)

Jonathan S. a work of art (jpg)

Jonathan S. a work of art (pdf)

Lauren F. a work of art (pdf)

Lauren F. a work of art (jpg)

Madilyne A. a work of art (pdf)

Madilyne A. a work of art (jpg)

Sarah S. a work of art (pdf)

Sarah S. a work of art (jpg)