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. 


Kenneth P. LaValle

2019 Submissions

East Hampton Middle School

6th Grade

Abigail Bermeo a poem (docx)

Andrea Rangel an essay (pdf)

Andres Coria an essay (docx)

Caeleigh Schuster an essay (pdf)

Caleb Buestan an essay (docx)

Carter Petruccelli an essay (docx)

Christopher DeLeon an essay (docx)

Colton Soloviev a poem (pdf)

Elijah Jones an essay (docx)

Emily Nieto an essay (pdf)

Evan Schaefer a poem (pdf)

Finn Pizzo a poem (pdf)

Henry Buckout an essay (docx)

Jagger Cohen a poem (pdf)

James Corwin a poem (pdf)

Jerrilynn Vega an essay (docx)

Juan Torres a poem (pdf)

Kevin Quito a poem (docx)

Kiany Gonzalez a poem (pdf)

Kimberly Cabrera an essay (docx)

Lauren Rosario an essay (docx)

Livs Kuplins a poem (pdf)

Mason Jefferson an essay (docx)

Maxim Bellenoue an essay (pdf)

Miley Munoz an essay (docx)

Sean Barros a poem (pdf)

Vicky Chen an essay (docx)

Zoe Weaver a poem (pdf)

East Moriches Elementary School

2nd Grade

Grace Chornoma an essay (jpeg)

Hampton Bays Elementary School


Brayden Lainez-Mejia a work of art (jpg)

Charlotte Cullings a work of art (jpg)

Emma Kirst a work of art (jpg)

Jorge Proano Guarnizo a work of art (jpg)

Mike a work of art (jpg)

Morgan Tuthill a work of art (jpg)

Mattituck-Cutchogue Elementary School

3rd Grade

Alan a poem (docx)

Alex a poem (docx)

Alyssa a poem (docx)

Axel a poem (docx)

Ben a poem (docx)

Bradyn a poem (docx)

Carlos a poem (docx)

Damian a poem (docx)

Freddy a poem (docx)

Gavin a poem (docx)

Jackson a poem (docx)

Jonathan a poem (docx)

Lucas a poem (docx)

Maya a poem (docx)

Owen a poem (docx)

Rachel a poem (docx)

Raylan a poem (docx)

Renee a poem (docx)

Sarah a poem (docx)

Sheily a poem (docx)

Violetta a poem (pdf)

Moriches Elementary School

2nd Grade

Anderson a work of art (jpeg)

Angel a work of art (jpeg)

Aubrey a work of art (jpeg)

Ayanna a work of art (jpeg)

Colin a work of art (jpeg)

Gabriella a work of art (jpeg)

Henry a work of art (jpeg)

Jancarlos a work of art (jpeg)

Jennifer a work of art (jpeg)

Jeremiah a work of art (jpeg)

Joanna a work of art (jpeg)

Johnson a work of art (jpeg)

Johnson a work of art (jpeg)

Johnson a work of art (jpeg)

Johnson a work of art (jpeg)

Johnson a work of art (jpeg)

Joseph a work of art (jpeg)

Julian a work of art (jpeg)

Kay a work of art (jpeg)

Kelly a work of art (jpeg)

Layla a work of art (jpeg)

Leah a work of art (jpeg)

Matthew a work of art (jpeg)

Rylee a work of art (jpeg)

Tifany a work of art (jpeg)

Tyler a work of art (jpeg)

5th Grade

Joyce Chen a work of art (jpeg)

Port Jefferson Elementary School

4th Grade

Lucas Smirnov a poem (docx)

5th Grade

Jordan Tener a poem (docx)

Joshua Kwon a poem (docx)

Kenshin Sugimoto a poem (docx)

Luca Caltagirone a poem (docx)

Nicholas Hogan a poem (docx)

Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School

5th Grade

5th Grade Class an essay (pdf)

Tuckahoe School

4th Grade

Aaliyah Gumbs a poem (docx)

Ahanu Jeffers a poem (docx)

Alejandra Rodriguez a poem (docx)

Alex Avecilla Quezada a poem (docx)

Ashly Garces Santiago a poem (docx)

Damaris Calderon a poem (docx)

Erin Sweeney a poem (docx)

Hugo Martinez Solis a poem (docx)

Jackson Araya-Duran a poem (docx)

Karine Mejia a poem (docx)

Keira Squires a poem (docx)

Kiana Bonifacio a poem (docx)

Leslie Urbano Guevara a poem (docx)

Luke Schmidt a poem (docx)

Malu Garcia a poem (docx)

Randy Vega Bautista a poem (docx)

Reagan Gilmartin a poem (docx)

Sebastian Rivera a poem (docx)

Sivling Vong a poem (docx)

Tiffany Velez a poem (docx)

Troy Flores-Castilla a poem (docx)

Wyatt Bennett a poem (docx)