2019 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. 


Todd Kaminsky

2019 Submissions

Davison Avenue Intermediate School

3rd Grade

Ariana Chinchilla an essay (png)

Cossandra Jenkins an essay (png)

Kamdibe Emeagwali 2 an essay (png)

Tristan Sands-Bell an essay (png)

Long Beach Middle School

6th Grade

Aaron Blau a poem (docx)

Aiden DeRupo a poem (docx)

AnnaBelle Romero an essay (docx)

Anthony Lopez a poem (docx)

Bianca Arreola an essay (docx)

Brody Franklin a poem (docx)

Brody Shapiro a poem (docx)

Emma O'Donnell a poem (docx)

Eva Gargiulo a poem (docx)

Geddy Moss a poem (docx)

Grayson Schroeder a poem (docx)

Halette Henry an essay (docx)

Jacob Piechocniski a poem (docx)

Joe Lantazzi a poem (docx)

Kanye Raye a poem (docx)

Lucia Petty a poem (docx)

Ruby Larson a poem (docx)

Sonneika Bailey a poem (docx)

Ogden Elementary School

3rd Grade

Alyssa Mercado an essay (docx)

Ethan Goren an essay (docx)

Leanna Shalomayev an essay (docx)

5th Grade

Kaylen Granger a work of art (pdf)

Our Lady Of Peace School

6th Grade

Vincent Barravecchio a work of art (jpg)

Saint Christopher School

5th Grade

Daniella a work of art (jpg)

Daniella a work of art (jpeg)

Daniella a work of art (jpg)

Daniella a work of art (jpg)

School 8

5th Grade

Abby an essay (docx)

Alessio an essay (pdf)

Andrew an essay (pdf)

Angelyn an essay (pdf)

Ava an essay (pdf)

Bella an essay (pdf)

Caden an essay (pdf)

Dom an essay (pdf)

Dylan an essay (pdf)

Eleni an essay (pdf)

Gabby an essay (pdf)

Gina an essay (pdf)

Giuliana an essay (pdf)

Hamza an essay (pdf)

Hayden an essay (pdf)

Jailene an essay (pdf)

James an essay (pdf)

John an essay (pdf)

John an essay (docx)

Kayla an essay (pdf)

Lil an essay (docx)

Lil an essay (pdf)

Lizelle an essay (pdf)

Lizelle an essay (pdf)

Marc an essay (pdf)

Marielle an essay (pdf)

Markos an essay (pdf)

Michael an essay (pdf)

Nicole an essay (pdf)

Noah an essay (pdf)

Preston an essay (pdf)

RJ an essay (pdf)

Vincent an essay (pdf)

William B an essay (pdf)

William R an essay (pdf)

Zachary an essay (pdf)

Waverly Park School

2nd Grade

Charlotte Cagiano an essay (jpg)

Chukwuma Agwu an essay (jpg)

Gabriel Horton an essay (jpg)

Giovanni Batista an essay (jpg)

Graham Schmeider an essay (jpg)

Isabella Bonfa an essay (jpg)

Isabella Pagan an essay (jpg)

Kaius Miitchell an essay (jpg)

Lana Artusa an essay (jpg)

Marc Chiomastro an essay (jpg)

Mattie Dublin an essay (jpg)

Nuala Jerie an essay (jpg)

Pia Barone an essay (jpg)

Ryan Pomponio an essay (jpg)

Sydney Carlo an essay (jpg)

Woodmere Middle School

6th Grade

Eden Perrotta a work of art (docx)

Isabel Ginsberg a work of art (docx)

Joseph Kogan an essay (pdf)

Liliana Ortiz a poem (pdf)

Patryk Ziemkiewicz an essay (docx)