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What are you grateful for?

For some, Thanksgiving can be a time to reflect on the blessings of life, whether large or small, profound or ordinary. In the spirit of giving thanks, The Octagon asked students what they were grateful for in their lives.

“I know this is silly, but I am most grateful for my family. People do not realize how important blood is and how important having a good family and a supportive one is.” 

— Freshman Isaac Reynen

“I’m grateful for my cats, River and Nova, and my dog Tilly. They’re just like my friend group. We will just hang out and it’s just like a good vibe.” 

— Senior Cecilia Wilson

“I am grateful for my good health because I realize that not everyone is so lucky.” 

— Junior Orlando Ponce Blas

“I am most grateful for my aunt. She’s the best person ever in my life because she’s the reason why I’m here. She’s the reason why I have good grades, all the things, and she inspires me so much because she’s a teacher, and she works really hard.” 

— Freshman Ferishta Halim

“I am grateful for all the opportunities that I have in life because they will help me better my future and myself as a person.”

— Freshman Itzel Zamora

“I’m most grateful for my grandmother. She taught me math a lot when I was younger. She also spoiled me with a bunch of cookies, so naturally, I spent a lot of time with her and grew very close to her.”

— Junior Ishaan Sekhon

“I am grateful for the “Lord of the Rings” series because it can always brighten my day.”

— Senior Aaron Monasa

“I’m most grateful for my voice because it’s my source of creativity and makes me the fun and happy person I am today. My powerful voice is motivational and confident and puts everyone around me in a good mood. It’s like a magic power only some people have.”

— Freshman Ava Levermore

— By Eesha Dhawan

Originally published in the Nov. 16 edition of The Octagon.

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