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.


Martin J. Golden

2017 Submissions

Adelphi Academy


Sanela a work of art (pdf)

1st Grade

Alesiandra a work of art (pdf)

4th Grade

Rebecca a poem (pdf)

Svetlana a poem (pdf)

6th Grade

Matthew an essay (pdf)

Nicholas a poem (pdf)

Nicole a work of art (pdf)

D & G Kaloidis Parochial School

5th Grade

eve an essay (pdf)

Unknown a work of art (pdf)

Holy Angels Catholic Academy

5th Grade

Luke Dembinski an essay (pdf)

Paulie Catania a poem (pdf)

IS 228 David A Boody

6th Grade

Dennis Krupnik a work of art (jpg)

Jacklyn Tsipkis a poem (pdf)

Samantha Klaf an essay (pdf)

JHS 259 William Mckinley

6th Grade

Patrick Wong a work of art (jpg)

Leif Ericson Day School

2nd Grade

Introduction a work of art (pdf)

Second Grade Class a work of art (jpg)

Second Grade Project a work of art (jpg)

3rd Grade

Aidan Kelly an essay (jpeg)

Ava Raimondo an essay (jpeg)

Brian Sotropa a work of art (jpeg)

Ciro Iacona an essay (jpeg)

Daniel Cross an essay (jpeg)

FrankPaul Burfeind an essay (jpeg)

Justin Lee an essay (jpeg)

Kimberly Lei an essay (jpeg)

Mia Reinhardt an essay (jpeg)

Nico Macaluso an essay (jpeg)

Rafaella Aguayo an essay (jpeg)

Samuel Frank an essay (jpeg)

4th Grade

Annalee Ortiz an essay (docx)

Ashley Campbell an essay (docx)

Logan Campbell an essay (docx)

Matthew Ottero an essay (docx)

Michael Tuohy an essay (docx)

Thomas Tropiano an essay (docx)

Timothy Chen an essay (docx)

Lutheran Elementary School Of Bay Ridge

4th Grade

Isabella Valencia a work of art (pdf)

Liam Sullivan Charest a poem (pdf)

Malachi Wisneski a work of art (pdf)

PS 112 Lefferts Park

5th Grade

Tiffany Chen a poem (docx)

PS 127 Mckinley Park

1st Grade

Emily Rodriguez a work of art (png)

2nd Grade

Francesco Violante an essay (docx)

4th Grade

Abigail Wong an essay (pdf)

5th Grade

Matteo Gutierrez a poem (pdf)

PS 128 Bensonhurst


Amelia Wong a work of art (jpg)

Connie Zheng a work of art (jpg)

1st Grade

Aaliyah Dominicci a work of art (jpg)

Gao De Zhou a work of art (jpg)

Gwyneth Chan a work of art (jpg)

2nd Grade

Guzalya Shavkatova a work of art (jpg)

Jia Lin a work of art (jpg)

Meaghan Brady a work of art (jpg)

Salih Khatari a work of art (jpg)

3rd Grade

Jayda Duncan a work of art (jpg)

Reana Parker a work of art (jpg)

Ronen Roth a work of art (jpg)

4th Grade

Donald Meni a work of art (jpg)

Izel Gomez a work of art (jpg)

5th Grade

Avazjon Rustamov an essay (jpeg)

Briana Parker a work of art (jpg)

Silvia Kananaj a poem (jpg)

PS 195 Manhattan Beach

5th Grade

Evelyn Shvartsman a work of art (jpg)

Janelle Nelson-Osae an essay (jpg)

PS 205 Clarion

4th Grade

Alanni Liang a poem (pdf)

Alina Pokhylko a poem (pdf)

Anastasia Latskova a poem (docx)

Angelina Mei an essay (docx)

Anthony Ou an essay (doc)

Arielle Tien a poem (docx)

Audrianna Mei an essay (docx)

Austin Ma a poem (docx)

Brian Ou an essay (docx)

Chan Ko an essay (docx)

Cheyenne Zhao a poem (docx)

Chloe Tam a poem (docx)

DAVID HITRIK an essay (docx)

Elaine Chen an essay (pdf)

Ethan Kong an essay (docx)

Francesca LaFata an essay (docx)

Graham Hickey an essay (pdf)

Gwyneth Chan a poem (docx)

Irene Lin a poem (docx)

Iris Shek an essay (docx)

Kai Langlinais an essay (pdf)

Katie Huang an essay (docx)

Kayle Kam an essay (docx)

Kevin Li an essay (docx)

Lauren Ramos an essay (docx)

Maggie Mo a poem (docx)

michael wu a work of art (docx)

Milena Vasilyeva a poem (docx)

Natalie Tam an essay (docx)

Nathan Chen an essay (doc)

Nicholas DeMarco an essay (docx)

Nick Cheng an essay (docx)

Oliver Sy an essay (docx)

Prince Zheng an essay (docx)

prince zheng a poem (docx)

Raymond an essay (docx)

Terence Wu a poem (jpg)

Tristan Wong an essay (docx)

Wilson a poem (docx)

5th Grade

Ethan Lam an essay (pdf)

Jenna Wong a poem (pdf)

Jessie Liu an essay (pdf)

Joy Lian a work of art (pdf)

Vicki Ruan a poem (pdf)

Yvonne Chen a work of art (pdf)

PS 207 Elizabeth G Leary

6th Grade

Grace Gillen a poem (docx)

Kathiann Maybloom a poem (pdf)

Suzanna Kalishman a poem (docx)

PS 238 Anne Sullivan

1st Grade

Gwendolyn O'keefe an essay (jpg)

PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington

6th Grade

Janat Marouani a poem (docx)

Joey Chen a work of art (jpg)

Joey Chen a work of art (jpg)

Ralph A Fabrizio School

5th Grade

Heidi a poem (docx)

Jamal a poem (docx)

Mona a poem (docx)

Saint Bernadette Catholic Academy

4th Grade

Ciara Culleton an essay (pdf)

Domenico Ciacca an essay (pdf)

Julia Vega an essay (pdf)

6th Grade

Alexandra Amatore an essay (pdf)

Emma Smollar an essay (pdf)

Francesca Peralta an essay (pdf)

Liana Frisella an essay (pdf)

Saint Ephrem School

5th Grade

Alfred Chen an essay (docx)

Benjamin Fernandes an essay (docx)

Dylan Malome an essay (docx)

James Price an essay (docx)

James Rivera an essay (docx)

Roman Garratt an essay (docx)

Ryan Nieves an essay (docx)

Scarlet Susi an essay (docx)

Sofia Cataldi an essay (docx)

Victoria Colonna an essay (docx)

Saint Patrick Catholic Academy

3rd Grade

Aiden B. a work of art (jpg)

Alex C. a work of art (jpg)

Aniela T. a work of art (jpg)

Annabelle L. a work of art (jpg)

Evelyn S. a work of art (jpg)

Gabriel P. a work of art (jpg)

Grace C. a work of art (jpg)

Kylie M. a work of art (jpg)

Lila B. a work of art (jpg)

Logan B. a work of art (jpg)

Madeline B. a work of art (jpg)

Michi B. a work of art (jpg)

Paige E. a work of art (jpg)

Riley S. a work of art (jpg)

Shane O. a work of art (jpg)

5th Grade

Belen V. a work of art (jpg)

Gianna B. a work of art (jpg)

Liam C. a work of art (jpg)

Robert S. a work of art (jpg)

Sean C. a work of art (jpg)

Sophia F. a work of art (jpg)

6th Grade

Adriana Al-Ola a work of art (pdf)

The JHS 201 Dyker Heights

6th Grade

Adam Elshehawi an essay (docx)

Ahmed Montaser an essay (docx)

Amanda an essay (docx)

Angel Alvarez an essay (docx)

Annie Zhao an essay (docx)

Annie Zhao an essay (docx)

Anson Cao an essay (docx)

Boya Song an essay (docx)

chloe cheung an essay (docx)

Christian Paredes an essay (docx)

Emily Lin an essay (docx)

Eva Savidis an essay (docx)

franklyn an essay (docx)

Giovanimendez an essay (docx)

hasham almudhari an essay (docx)

Henry Zheng an essay (docx)

Herlinda Choxom an essay (docx)

Huilin Tang an essay (docx)

Ines Chelihi an essay (docx)

Ines Chelihi an essay (docx)

Ivan an essay (docx)

Ivan Lin an essay (docx)

Jerry Jiang an essay (docx)

Jezebel Tejada an essay (docx)

Johnson Chen an essay (docx)

Joshua Chen an essay (docx)

Julianna Spoto a poem (doc)

Kameron Gaisi an essay (docx)

Laura Bui an essay (docx)

Laura Bui an essay (docx)

Leonardo Bonilla an essay (docx)

Leyao He an essay (docx)

Louane Dopffer an essay (docx)

Madeline Wong an essay (docx)

Maimoonah Warraich an essay (docx)

Matthew Farley an essay (docx)

Melina Perez an essay (docx)

Melissa Calcagno an essay (docx)

Michael Vaysfeld an essay (docx)

Mitchell Vaysburg an essay (docx)

Nicole Chen an essay (docx)

Nikita Yarin an essay (docx)

Rachel Rakhamimov an essay (docx)

Ralph Liu an essay (docx)

Raymond Huang an essay (docx)

Ronnal Carmona an essay (docx)

sabtain akhtar an essay (docx)

selina lau an essay (docx)

Sophia Lin an essay (docx)

Sophia Zhu an essay (docx)

Tasmin Jahan an essay (docx)

vincent zheng an essay (docx)

winsley liang an essay (docx)

Wynton Wong an essay (docx)

Yu Jie Zheng an essay (docx)

Zi Xuan Lin an essay (docx)

Ziqi Lin an essay (docx)

Visitation Academy

4th Grade

Ameli Miranda a work of art (pdf)

Ava Barbiere a work of art (pdf)

Elona Simityis a work of art (pdf)

Gabriella Lechner a poem (pdf)

Grace Mitchell a work of art (pdf)

Katherine McConnell a poem (pdf)

Miama Inmerillo a poem (pdf)

Saoirse Rose Keough a poem (pdf)

Sofia Cavallino a work of art (pdf)