2018 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.


Patty Ritchie

2018 Submissions

Indian River Middle School

6th Grade

Melany Mata a poem (docx)

J M Mckenney Middle School

5th Grade

Alden Woodruff a poem (docx)

Caleb Briggs a poem (docx)

Caleb Secore a poem (docx)

Chris Dennis a poem (docx)

Christopher Coller a poem (docx)

Cole Curtis a poem (docx)

David Cheng a poem (docx)

Duncan Harper a poem (docx)

Eliza Creurer a poem (docx)

Emma French a poem (docx)

Ethan Parker a poem (docx)

Ian Thrasher a poem (docx)

Jacob Wright a poem (docx)

James Richardson a poem (docx)

Jason Pagan a poem (docx)

John Gidney a poem (docx)

Kailin Backus a poem (docx)

Keeley Weekes a poem (docx)

Kollin Wright a poem (docx)

Lainey Thornton a poem (docx)

Lexi Herbstler a poem (docx)

Logan Herbstler a poem (docx)

Mason Curtis a poem (docx)

Mia Wilson a poem (docx)

Natasha Rossiter a poem (docx)

Olivia Francey a poem (docx)

Owen Ames a poem (docx)

Oz Zuker a poem (docx)

Parker HUrlbut a poem (docx)

Placid Shipman a poem (docx)

Rhianah Daniels a poem (docx)

Riley Clifford a poem (docx)

Rose Towne a poem (docx)

Ryan Faunce a poem (docx)

Shaylee Olmstead a poem (docx)

Sophie Barr a poem (docx)

Tate Rodriguez a poem (docx)

Tessa Alguire a poem (docx)

Tori Henderson a poem (docx)

Ty Galusha a poem (docx)

Lyme Central School

5th Grade

Alanna Langdon a work of art (pdf)

Alex Radley an essay (png)

Chavis Kelly a work of art (pdf)

Cooper Kaplan a poem (png)

Gwena Dupee a poem (png)

Jonah Askins a poem (pdf)

Peyton Harris a work of art (pdf)

Samantha Kerley an essay (pdf)

Samuel Timmerman a work of art (pdf)

Sierra Bourquin a work of art (pdf)

North Elementary School

2nd Grade

Anthony Patrick a poem (docx)

Ashton Bailey a poem (docx)

Ashton Bailey a work of art (jpg)

Ayva Gibson a poem (docx)

Ayva Gibson a work of art (jpg)

Carter Day a work of art (jpg)

Gracie Kerr a work of art (jpg)

Gracie Kerr a poem (docx)

Hunter Shaw a poem (docx)

Isabella Butterfield a work of art (jpg)

Jarrett Lane a work of art (jpg)

Jarrett Lane a poem (docx)

Landon Cummings a poem (docx)

Makayla Allen a work of art (jpg)

Mariah Glover a work of art (jpg)

Nolan Grimshaw a work of art (jpg)

Saint James School

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Trinity Catholic School

3rd Grade

Adriana Omundsen an essay (pdf)

Alex Allain an essay (pdf)

Anna Canale an essay (pdf)

Brody Pauldine an essay (pdf)

Chloe Carson a poem (pdf)

Ezekiel Hatch an essay (pdf)

Gabriella Martin an essay (pdf)

Hollie Meyer an essay (pdf)

John Howland an essay (pdf)

Kaelyn Bond an essay (pdf)

Kaily Wass an essay (pdf)

Matilda Tunis an essay (pdf)

Michael Geiss an essay (pdf)

Morgan Mills an essay (pdf)

Nicholas Docos an essay (pdf)

Sopohia Otokiti an essay (pdf)

Wilson Metcalf an essay (pdf)