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.


Kemp Hannon

2017 Submissions

Bowling Green School

5th Grade

Alessandra Condoleo an essay (docx)

Andres Gonzalez Flor an essay (docx)

Branden Galdamez an essay (docx)

Caleb DaRocha an essay (docx)

Dakota Panico an essay (docx)

Emma Azcona an essay (docx)

Fiona Prunty an essay (docx)

Francesca Gaudio an essay (docx)

Hanssel Duran Peralta an essay (docx)

Heer Mehta an essay (docx)

Jacob Soriano an essay (docx)

Johnny Jahrmarkt an essay (docx)

Kyle Portuguez an essay (docx)

Lia Addeo an essay (docx)

Matthew Ren an essay (docx)

Mitchell Moreno an essay (docx)

Myles Bernal an essay (docx)

Nathalia Venancio an essay (docx)

Nico Barbarisi an essay (docx)

Nicole Miranda an essay (docx)

Ricardo Canales an essay (docx)

Sophia Sforza an essay (docx)

Yolanda Zhou an essay (docx)

Central Boulevard Elementary School

4th Grade

Amanda Munoz-Santana a work of art (jpg)

Daniella Hoosack a work of art (jpg)

Mim Chaudry a poem (jpg)

5th Grade

Jonathan Sanabria a poem (jpg)

Saint Joseph School

3rd Grade

Aiden Stemberger a poem (pdf)

Amiya Persaud a poem (pdf)

Angelina Jones -Guma a poem (pdf)

Anna Guerra a poem (pdf)

Anna Olcott an essay (pdf)

Ashford Perano a poem (pdf)

Ella Fontana a poem (pdf)

Emily Salazar a poem (pdf)

Eva daSilva a poem (pdf)

Francesca Garcia-Rocha a poem (pdf)

Gabriella Spinelli a poem (pdf)

Giuliana Forte a poem (pdf)

Janen Desravines a poem (pdf)

Justin Flores a poem (pdf)

Kelly Knapp a poem (pdf)

Lucy Guerra a poem (pdf)

Myles Black a poem (pdf)

Riley Peters a poem (pdf)

Sukayna Joseph a poem (pdf)

Xila Carmant a poem (pdf)

Walnut Street Elementary School

3rd Grade

Alessandra Perez Amaya a work of art (jpg)

Alessandra Perez Amaya a work of art (jpg)

Amy Garcia a work of art (jpg)

Anthony Herrera a work of art (jpg)

Austin Villatoro Marquez a work of art (jpg)

Briella Campos a work of art (jpg)

Jasmine Chan a work of art (jpg)

Jasmine Chan a work of art (jpg)

Kristinana Jacques a poem (jpg)

Obed Velasquez a work of art (jpg)

Rene Calderon a work of art (jpg)

Rene Cardenas a poem (jpg)

Steven Valle a poem (jpg)

4th Grade

Bradley Innocent a work of art (jpg)

5th Grade

Anaica Rousseau a work of art (jpg)

Danielle Zervos a work of art (jpg)

Jaslyn Bonilla a work of art (jpg)

Jasmine Felix a work of art (jpg)

Jennifer Iraheta a work of art (jpg)

Jerson Canales a work of art (jpg)

Julie Fortuna a work of art (jpg)

Raymond Alvarado a work of art (jpg)

Wilson Raudales a work of art (jpg)

Wisdom Lane Middle School

6th Grade

Armaan Singh a poem (docx)