What We’re Thankful For: 2021 Edition

In a year that seems full of negativity, the Journalism Staff for the Raider Review took a moment to reflect on what we are thankful for this year.

Abigail Cordobes: I am thankful for many things, as in life there are so many small things to be thankful for. It wouldn’t be a piece on what I am thankful for without mentioning my mom, who is the strongest woman I know. My sister is also up there, for life without her annoying me every waking minute, would simply be boring. My friendships keep me going, they make me laugh and smile every day, though I usually am the butt of the joke. I am thankful for being here, no matter how difficult it always is.

Jasmine Sessoms:

I’m thankful for my goofy dog, Pinot, he makes it so hard to get mad at him without smothering him with kisses after. I’m very thankful for my friends; they keep me motivated in all the things I do. And I’m thankful for my family, especially the new addition, my little sister Lyanna. She makes me laugh a lot from how chaotic and energetic she is.

Jenny Le:

I’m thankful for my dog Rufus, he is the light of my life and he is also my best friend. I’m grateful for the unconditional love he gives me and the warm welcomes when I come home. He is the best dog I could ever ask for and if I could give him a fist bump right now I would.

Lara Agpoon:

During this time of year, I have a lot to be thankful for. Although I have a lot to be thankful for I am especially thankful for Netflix and Youtube. These two streaming services help me unwind at the end of a long and stressful school day. From funny creators on Youtube to all sorts of genres of movies and TV shows, these all help me take my mind off of school. Without Netflix and Youtube, I most definitely wouldn’t survive. 

Mindy Tuong:

Naimat Davariar:

  1. I’m thankful for having a roof over my head.
  2. I’m thankful for having a family that supports me.
  3. I’m thankful for my bed. It’s just so good.

Tina Le:

I’m thankful for director Shinsuke Sato for producing the best show in the world, Alice In Borderland. This show turns my empty time into pleasure and entertainment in a matter of minutes. I’m filled with joy and delight whenever I see the show. The characters, the plot, the graphics, everything about it is breathtaking.

Christal Tran:

Mayur Rajan:

I am thankful for the family and friends all around me that help me to succeed and to always do the best I can. Without them, I probably wouldn’t be the person I am so I am always grateful to have them around me. My friends and family mean a lot to me and I hope they are always there for me forever. 

Stephanie Gonzalez:

I am thankful for the almost 15 years I had with my cat Abby. My family got her when she was just a couple weeks old and we were just supposed to foster her, but because she was so ugly my family just kept her. She was overweight but still the cutest. We had to put her down on October 25,2021 and it was the hardest day of my life. She was my everything, and I thank her for being so.

Sylvia Lopez:

I’m very thankful for my dog. His name is Cruz and he’s the only one who makes me genuinely laugh. Cruz is so adorable and although he does have some bad breath, his cuteness cancels out the bad breath. I’m also thankful for much more, as my parents provide so much for me and my friends are always making me laugh as well. There are so many things for me to be grateful for.

Thu Nguyen:

I’m grateful for my son Bentley. I’m so glad that I adopted him because he is a blessing to my life. He was adopted in April and I’m grateful that he is able to spend his thanksgiving in a loving home and not a shelter this year.

Trina Vu:

I’m gratefu

What I’m Thankful For 

I’m grateful for my friends and family- the comforting presences and support systems who cannot be rivaled. I will always be thankful for them, whether it is Thanksgiving or not. I’m also very thankful for the super duper delicious foods served on Thanksgiving, including Thanksgiving foods of all cuisines. Food is a universal language and a crucial part of all our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesenia Rocha:

I am very much thankful for my little sister. She has brought so much joy into my life and completes me. She’s the other half of my heart, even though she can annoy me, there is no one I’d rather be around, other than her.

Zaki Abbasi: I’m thankful for three main things. My family, my religion and the stars. These aren’t the only things I am thankful for, but they are the most important for me. My family, I’m thankful for because they have supported me for my 14 years of life. I owe my life, my happiness, and my strive to live to them. A lot of people in America specifically, don’t have both their parents in their life, and if they do, they aren’t treated well. I am thankful that my parents care for me. Second, my religion. Everything I do revolves around it, and I’d have such a worse life without it. People think my religion is limiting, but I think it saves me from the worst of the world. Things like, abuse, relationships, drinking, drugs, cigarettes, as well as treating others with respect, are all virtues of my religion, Islam. Lastly, it’s the stars. I plan to major in an astrophysics field, and it’s only because of the stars that we have advanced far enough to understand and dream about the universe. One day, I want to be studying the stars, or be up there with them.

Alexia Torres Comino:

I am thankful for my dog Max, who I’ve had in my life since I was four years old. He is now thirteen years old. He is my forever best friend. He is always there for me all the time and is the best listening companion. I remember when me and Max were little, honestly, he did not like me at all. He would constantly bite me, probably because I was super annoying. Until the two of us grew up and now we’re inseparable. I’m eternally grateful for him. 

Gabryela Reynoso:

When pondering what I’m thankful for there are honestly so many people and things I could list, but one that comes to mind is my dog, Speckles. I have had Speckles for about 4 years and I adore her so much. Over the years, she’s been a great companion and (as cliche as it sounds) best friend.

Vedant Janapaty:

This Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the sorrowful, yet hopeful time we have had for the last year and a half. Over the past year, we have learned to thank the services of our medics, teachers, and family. Through this difficult time, they have been with us, despite the extra troubles they are facing. This Thanksgiving, I thank all those who have made sacrifices for me either directly and indirectly. I hope, in the near future, I can repay this debt of gratitude.

Angelina Batten-Chow:

I am thankful for not having to write something super long and philosophical. I especially appreciate it because even the littlest things can do good. For example, myself not having to write a deep piece. 

Ashley Nguyen:

Sunny Walia:

I am thankful for good food. Being able to eat out, enjoying different cuisines from across the world within a couple miles is what I can always be thankful for. Even when traveling, I connect to the culture of the locals by eating the food.

Tara Nguyen: I’m thankful for being on campus this year and spending more time with the people I love. Even after a year of misfortune and upsets, it’s nice to spend my last year of high school in the classroom. It made me thankful for all the weird things that happen on campus like fire alarms and too loud announcements.

Veena Mahalingham:

Nisha Bhilave: I’m thankful for my best friends. They are the most supportive people I know, and they have been there through good times and bad. Some of them I have known for several years, and some of them months, but it feels like we’ve all been close forever. They are my rocks and I’m very thankful to have each of them in my life.

Andrew Yoshioka:

Over the past few months I’ve slowly become more open to my friends with my identity, and am planning to come out to my parents as well. I’m so thankful for my friends for helping to support me, and those on campus who’ve shown their support as well: whether other friends or at the Student Support Center. It’s been a big year for me, being a senior with a future I’m still very unsure of, but I’m happy I could potentially go forward with even more confidence. And to the entirety of Silver Creek, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Amelia Leson:

There are many things I am thankful for, such as food, shelter, family and wifi. There’s more too, like sleep and minimum days. Although those things are great, the thing I am most thankful for is anime and caffeine.

Jasmine Lopez:

I am thankful for my dog Max. He’s been around with me for 9 years and I just love his goofiness! He brings me so much joy whenever I take him on walks or even play around with him. Although he can be so hectic, at times I’m able to just snuggle with him on his bed.

Maxwell Alexander:

One thing that I am grateful for is my dog named Dexter. He is a Welsh Springer Spaniel that my family got three years ago. He always brings me joy and comforts me when I am stressed or anxious.

Anoop Bainiwal:

I am thankful for my family and my friends. They get me through my day. Without them, I don’t know how I would live.

Happy Thanksgiving

from the Raider Review Staff!

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