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. 


Leroy Comrie

2020 Submissions

Cambria Center For The Gifted Child


Abigail Adeyeye an essay (pdf)

1st Grade

Leah Essue-Parchment an essay (pdf)

2nd Grade

Aiden Ilgner an essay (pdf)

Caydence Faustin a poem (pdf)

Connis Koiner a poem (pdf)

Emani Murrell a poem (pdf)

Emani Murrell a poem (pdf)

Katelyn Johnson an essay (pdf)

Lexington Williams a poem (pdf)

Nahlah Bailey a poem (pdf)

Tiye Gatling a poem (pdf)

3rd Grade

Aaliyah Hutchinson a poem (pdf)

Christian McKenzie an essay (pdf)

Jordin Sutton a poem (pdf)

Sarah Burt-Gordon an essay (pdf)

Taylor McLenan a poem (pdf)

William Avery Welch II a poem (pdf)

5th Grade

Nailah Superville an essay (pdf)

PS 176 Cambria Heights

4th Grade

Asha Shaw an essay (jpg)

Asha Shaw Mims an essay (jpeg)

PS 95 Eastwood


Class submission a work of art (jpg)

Class Submission a work of art (pdf)

Naomi Galeas a work of art (jpeg)

Saaim Hoque a work of art (png)

Shania Evans a work of art (jpeg)

3rd Grade

Ayaan Zaman a poem (jpg)

Sariah Evans an essay (jpeg)

5th Grade

Adrian Jagdeo an essay (pdf)

Alexis Guzman an essay (pdf)

Analia Lopez an essay (pdf)

Christian Daniels an essay (pdf)

Daisy Tzulbatz an essay (pdf)

Emily Toc an essay (pdf)

Hesneider Caguana an essay (pdf)

Irissa Lee an essay (pdf)

Ismael Mamud an essay (pdf)

Jarisbeth Polanco an essay (pdf)

Khilil Randall a poem (pdf)

Martin Carvajal an essay (pdf)

Mayar Younis an essay (pdf)

Nada Farfar an essay (pdf)

Omar Mohamed an essay (pdf)

Sahana Ramcharitar an essay (pdf)

Tanjir Hasan a poem (pdf)

PS 99 Kew Gardens

1st Grade

Miya Lawrence a work of art (jpeg)

2nd Grade

Christina Triantopoulos a work of art (pdf)

PS/ms 147 Ronald Mcnair

6th Grade

Charon Brown Jr. a poem (pdf)

Claude Francois a poem (pdf)

Kelise Ellis a poem (pdf)

Leonel Rodriguez a poem (pdf)

Raj Merius a poem (pdf)

Sacred Heart Catholic Academy

1st Grade

Aleandra Bonaventure a work of art (jpg)

Alexandria Boubert a work of art (jpg)

Daniella Blake a work of art (jpeg)

Dylan Altidor a work of art (jpg)

Elisha St Cloud a work of art (jpg)

Isaiah Evans a work of art (jpg)

Karter Castello a work of art (jpg)

Kya Jones a work of art (jpg)

Leila Fleury a work of art (jpg)

Loubina Lecorps a work of art (jpg)

Madelyn Waithe a work of art (jpg)

Moses Mars a work of art (jpg)

Nathaniel Kernizan a work of art (jpg)

Sarah Kouassi a work of art (jpg)

Teia Smith a work of art (jpg)

6th Grade

Chlesea Netus an essay (pdf)

Clinton Ogunleye an essay (pdf)

Elizabeth Agbata an essay (pdf)

Faith Ibiyemi a poem (pdf)

Krystine Brown a work of art (png)

Ositadima Okafor an essay (pdf)

Ruth Mekako an essay (pdf)

Stepping Stone Of Southeastern Queens

1st Grade

Chance Blair a work of art (pdf)

Elizabeth Folorunsho a work of art (pdf)

Isaiah Corbin a work of art (pdf)

Nashua Bryant a work of art (pdf)

Ni'arah Chenphang-Brown a work of art (pdf)

Sara Ayers a work of art (pdf)

Zoe Martin a work of art (pdf)

2nd Grade

Hayley Fong an essay (pdf)

Mariah McIntosh an essay (pdf)

3rd Grade

Jason Oloniju an essay (pdf)

Jazleen Nunez an essay (pdf)

Naevia West an essay (pdf)

Zenlea Thomas an essay (pdf)

Success Academy Charter School - Springfield Gardens

5th Grade

Amare Williams a work of art (jpg)

Aryian Cook a poem (pdf)

Brandon Lugay a work of art (jpg)

Jeidelyn Alfonseca Cedeno a work of art (png)

The Nurturing Center


Londyn Sneed a work of art (pdf)