2021 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.


Mike Martucci

2021 Submissions

Eldred Junior-Senior High School

5th Grade

ADAM KOENIG an essay (docx)

BROOKE MORGAN an essay (docx)

JACCOB PLOCHARCZYK an essay (docx)

JACOB TICE an essay (docx)

LILY GUTMAN an essay (docx)

NATHAN KINNE an essay (docx)

RILEY ABATO an essay (docx)

SYDNEY MOSCATIELLO an essay (docx)

WILLIAM McDANIEL an essay (docx)

Fei Tian Academy Of The Arts

11th Grade

Evan Mantyk a poem (docx)

Townsend Elementary School

3rd Grade

Addyson Wood a work of art (pdf)

Alyshia Wood a work of art (pdf)

Caysin Gardner a work of art (pdf)

Elijah Salimbangon a work of art (pdf)

Emmett Murray a work of art (pdf)

Gabriella Wright a work of art (pdf)

Gia Dawson a work of art (pdf)

Harper Walley a work of art (pdf)

Jeremiah Clark a work of art (pdf)

Kylee Roach a work of art (pdf)

Leroy Possemato a work of art (pdf)

Luke Fairchild a work of art (pdf)

Melody Sprague a work of art (pdf)