by Lisa Tome
Around Thanksgiving at area elementary schools, young children are asked what they are grateful for during the holiday season.
Older students aren't given the same opportunity.
"What I'm grateful for? We used to do that in elementary school," said a student at Cecil County School of Technology last week.
Turns out, the older students are grateful and they don't have problems expressing it.
"I am thankful for all I've accomplished in my senior year. I am a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), a GNA (Geriatric Nursing Assistant), and I'm thankful for my family and my classmates," said Allied Health student Courtney Goodwin.
Drew Howell is a classmate of Goodwin's. He is the only male in a class of 15 students. "I am thankful to be alive and I'm thankful for my classmates," said Howell. The teen also has an approach to dealing with so many females during the school day. "I have an easygoing mentality, selective hearing, and patience," said Howell.
Samantha Favazza said she is thankful for four things: food, family, her class, and God.
Rania Bouceddi is thankful for friends and family. "I'm thankful for my life," said Bouceddi.
Colton McCoy said he's thankful for the opportunities that have come his way. He also is thankful to be a baseball player.
Katie Johnson is thankful for what she views as her greatest assets - her friends and family.
Amber Shiles found it difficult to narrow things down. "I am grateful for everything I have," said Shiles.
Alivia Nickle is studying Allied Health. She hopes to someday repay her mom, Barbara Frady, for everything she has done. "My mom has five kids and she's a single mom. She's the greatest mom ever. She'll do anything for us. She's my best friend," said Nickle.
Like Nickle, Holly Mynaugh is thankful everyday. "I am thankful for my parents. My mom just had a kidney transplant. My dad had cancer. I am glad they are around. I don't know what I'd do without them," said Mynaugh.
Liz Rhoades is also an Allied Health student. She recently landed a job. "I am really thankful for this school. Most places don't have programs like this. I am a CNA and a GNA and I got a job," said Rhoades.
Brianna Peterson said her family has taught her about love and support. "My family supports me with everything. They pay for my cheerleading. They are paying for college," said Peterson.
Jessica Dyson's family has faced adversity. "My mom has muscular dystrophy. But she is still walking. She has a cane," said Dyson. "And I'm thankful for my boyfriend. It's been four months and we're still going strong."
Glen Johnson is grateful for the basics. "I am grateful for a good life. I have a wonderful family," said Johnson. His classmate, Cody Cordill agrees. "I have a family that cares about me. I have a place to go home to and a lot of great people in my life," said Cordill.
Sara Bonner said her life is pretty good. "I am grateful for everything. My home, my friends, and I have a great boyfriend. I am lucky that I have money and everything. I am lucky I have a car to drive around. I am also lucky to be able to get an education," said Bonner.
Evan Potter is studying Heavy Industrial Maintenance at CCST. "I am thankful for being able to come to a school like this and get an education in something I'd like to do in the future," said Potter.
Tyler Durham agreed. "I get free schooling and I like coming to a place like this," said Durham.
Austin Lee is thankful for his family and his wrestling and football coaches.
"I am grateful for having a family and a good meal on the table. I have a job at Nino's and everything's been good this year. I can't complain," said Eric Mocko.
Students in the school's STEP program are learning a trade and life skills. Andrew Yagual said he is grateful for his family and how well they treat him. He was also looking forward to Thanksgiving, when he'll be mashing potatoes for his family.
Robert Kriebel is Yagual's classmate. "My whole family is good together. We have a giant family and are thankful for each other," said Kriebel.