Almost everyone knows the story of the Pilgrims coming to America by sailing on the Mayflower to Plymouth Rock. Thanksgiving, to most families, is more than a historical holiday. They come together to spend time with each other, some with family members spanning from all over the United States. What follows is what some students do during Thanksgiving and how they feel about this holiday.
When asked how she felt about Thanksgiving, Grace Allgaier, a junior, said, “It’s a time to give thanks for all the things you have in life.” Grace says she usually runs a 5k in the morning of Thanksgiving and spends the rest of the day with family.
Zachary Groner, a sophomore, said, “It’s a time to spend with family that you don’t get to see very often. We watch football and eat food all day.”
Destiny Lafferty, a junior, does many things with her family on Thanksgiving. “We go to Uncle Rodney’s garage. We get to see all of my family that lives in Missouri and out of state. I get to see my grandma Melvia, who is ninety years old, who I get to see very little, except on Thanksgiving. We sit and eat around one or two in the afternoon. Everybody brings a dish that they made or bought.”
Destiny continued: “After we eat, we usually play games. The little kids play a small game of bowling, while the adults and teenagers play games, like the card game of Spoons, and other fun games. We do a lot, but it’s all about spending time with each other.”
Ariana Ribera, a sophomore, said, “I go to Chicago and I go to my mom’s side of the family, then I go to my dad’s. We don’t do anything special, besides eat food and spend time with each other.”
Lydia Otten, a junior, discussed, “My family typically either stays home for Thanksgiving and we invite my mom's parents over or we travel to the Lake of the Ozarks for a big Otten Thanksgiving. Such a fun time!”
She went on, saying that she will get to see her aunt, uncle, and cousins that live in Chicago.
These are some of the things that the students at NHHS do with their families on Thanksgiving. On behalf of the staff and students of New Haven High School, we hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday!