2022 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. 


Simcha Felder

2022 Submissions

Lutheran Elementary School Of Bay Ridge

4th Grade

5th Grade Essays - LES an essay (pdf)

6th Grade a poem (pdf)

7th Grade Enriched ELA an essay (pdf)

7th Grade Honors ELA an essay (pdf)

8th Grade an essay (pdf)

Roster to Follow a work of art (pdf)

5th Grade

Benett an essay (pdf)

6th Grade

Roster to Follow a poem (pdf)

7th Grade

Honors & Enriched ELA an essay (pdf)

Roster to Follow an essay (pdf)

Saint Ephrem School

6th Grade

Amelia McKinney a work of art (jpg)

Angelina DeSpirito a work of art (jpg)

Anthony LaBarbera a work of art (jpg)

Christoph Susi a work of art (jpg)

Francesca Marchese a work of art (jpg)

Hailey Stauffer a poem (jpg)

Joseph Abdelmossih a work of art (jpg)

Kimberly Levy a poem (jpg)

Samantha Dunne a work of art (jpg)

Veronica Nekoula a work of art (jpg)

Xaverian High School

10th Grade

Angeni Yu a work of art (jpeg)

12th Grade

Adam Wianecki an essay (pdf)

Alexandra Napolitano an essay (pdf)

Alexandro Kahaleh an essay (pdf)

Anaya Walcott - Gullap an essay (pdf)

Andrew Butta an essay (pdf)

Ava Pontone an essay (pdf)

Cody Salome an essay (pdf)

Ella Composto an essay (pdf)

Jonah Griffin an essay (pdf)

Justin Pampinella an essay (docx)

Luka an essay (pdf)

Luka Markonivonic an essay (pdf)

Maggie McNamee an essay (pdf)

Matthew Jeanty an essay (pdf)

Michael Walker an essay (pdf)

Payton Salk an essay (pdf)

Raymond Pynn an essay (pdf)

Rebecca Adams an essay (pdf)

Robbie McKnight an essay (pdf)

Ryan Bannon an essay (pdf)

Sydnie Marshall an essay (pdf)

Valentina Fontana an essay (pdf)

Vincent Robertson an essay (pdf)