2020 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 P. Addabbo Jr

2020 Submissions

Notre Dame Catholic Academy

4th Grade

Camila a poem (pdf)

Julian an essay (png)

Lilian a work of art (png)

Lorianna a work of art (png)

Lucja a work of art (png)

Mariam a work of art (png)

Maximillian a work of art (png)

Michael a work of art (png)

Nicole a work of art (png)

Sara a work of art (png)

5th Grade

Ayleen a work of art (png)

Bella Mia a poem (pdf)

Carl a work of art (png)

Ciara a work of art (png)

Elena a poem (pdf)

Jayson a work of art (png)

Kellyann a poem (png)

Kenneth a work of art (png)

Kiara a poem (pdf)

Marc a work of art (png)

Meryem a poem (pdf)

Michael a work of art (png)

Noah a work of art (png)

PS 174 William Sidney Mount


Skye Fayerman a poem (jpg)

1st Grade

Brianna Yan a work of art (png)

5th Grade

Anthony Tzul a poem (docx)

Armando Ojeda a work of art (jpg)

Ava Kazmi a work of art (docx)

Cadance Okolotkiewicz a work of art (jpg)

Emely Chicaiza a work of art (png)

Emmy Sanchez a work of art (pdf)

Isabella Mendoza a work of art (pdf)

Ivan Pun a work of art (png)

Jacob Prado a poem (docx)

Jiaxin Yang a poem (jpg)

Liora Davydov an essay (docx)

Liora Rafailov a poem (docx)

Melina Herrera a poem (docx)

Miyu Chen a poem (docx)

Sarah Mullokandov a work of art (png)

Sead Redzepagic an essay (docx)

Sukirti Singh a work of art (jpeg)

Thomas Simon a poem (docx)

Vicky Huang a work of art (png)

PS 229 Emanuel Kaplan

4th Grade

Elizabeth Wu a work of art (jpg)

Rafan Rayan a work of art (jpeg)

Shayna Bell a poem (jpg)

PS 60 Woodhaven

5th Grade

Arshad Twiabh a work of art (jpg)

PS 63 Old South

1st Grade

Alexander Santiago a work of art (jpg)

Jesus Valerio a work of art (jpg)

4th Grade

Abeer Hbabat a work of art (jpg)

Nevie King a work of art (jpg)

5th Grade

Andrew Lin a work of art (jpg)

Angelina Almodovar a work of art (jpg)

Cesar Vielma-Vargas a work of art (jpg)

Ibteda Hossain a work of art (jpg)

Liana Serrano a work of art (jpg)

Liba Iqbal a work of art (jpg)

Marcello Battista a work of art (jpg)

Mariam Huda a work of art (png)

Marjana Mahnor a work of art (jpg)

Samantha Unite a work of art (png)

Sarah Li a work of art (jpg)

Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Academy

5th Grade

Adison Heeran a poem (docx)

Anne Carey an essay (docx)

Ashlee Ferriola a poem (docx)

Beatriz Lahoz an essay (docx)

Brady Gallagher an essay (docx)

Brendan Rudolph an essay (docx)

Brielle Heeran a poem (docx)

Brody Leonard an essay (docx)

Caroline Casares an essay (docx)

Caroline Mullin an essay (docx)

Caroline Murphy a poem (docx)

Cassidy Shaeffer a poem (docx)

Charles Cozeolino an essay (docx)

Chloe Gallo a poem (docx)

Cole Tormey a poem (docx)

Daniel McLoughlin an essay (docx)

David Graves an essay (docx)

Dylan Courtney an essay (docx)

Elle Manley a poem (docx)

Emma Minson an essay (docx)

Emma Walter an essay (docx)

Gabriella Casares an essay (docx)

Hannah Murphy an essay (docx)

Hayden Martin an essay (docx)

Jack Hayes an essay (docx)

James Fabiszewski an essay (docx)

Jane Johnson a poem (docx)

Joseph Keenan a poem (docx)

Kacper Ostrowski an essay (docx)

Kathleen Heegan an essay (docx)

Keira Henry an essay (docx)

Kelsey Turchiano an essay (docx)

Kevin Farrell an essay (docx)

Lily Mollaghan an essay (docx)

Louis Calemine a poem (docx)

Lucas Allen an essay (docx)

Maggie Butler a poem (docx)

Mairead Fitzgerald an essay (docx)

Mary Shaw a poem (docx)

Matthew Mandala a poem (docx)

Mia Ledemsa a poem (docx)

Michael Sullivan an essay (docx)

Nancy Re an essay (docx)

Nolan Enright an essay (pdf)

Olivia Keane an essay (docx)

Patrick Hayden a poem (docx)

Paula Zuzic an essay (docx)

Peter Evangelista an essay (docx)

Savannah Vaccaro an essay (docx)

Sawyer Bagley an essay (docx)

Sean O'Sullivan an essay (docx)

Shane Ehret a poem (docx)

Taylor Keiley an essay (docx)

Tess Riches an essay (docx)

Tessarose Sullivan an essay (docx)

Timothy Nichtern an essay (docx)

Ty Duffy an essay (docx)

6th Grade

Catherine Urciuoli an essay (docx)

Hank Brucella an essay (docx)

William Murtagh an essay (docx)

Saint Thomas The Apostle Catholic Academy

4th Grade

Jeffrey Cortez a work of art (jpeg)

Johan Vasquez a poem (jpeg)