What Cherokee is grateful for this Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, The Warrior Word conducted a large-scale survey by interviewing a total of 426 students and staff at Cherokee. The interviewees were asked about their Thanksgiving traditions, meals, preferences, and what they are most thankful for.

The survey went mostly as expected; however, a few traditions and gratitudes stood out from the rest of the results.

Here are the highlights from the survey.

What traditions do you and your family have?

The top traditions include a large family dinner, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, hunting the turkey, and playing board games with the family. Some interviewees also replied about pilgrim salt and pepper shakers, watching the dog show after the Macy’s Parade, and watching the Polar Express.

Every year I watch The Peanuts special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. It’s a Thanksgiving classic; plus we used to watch it in school every year before high school.

Grace, sophomore
The Peanuts special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was released in 1973 and has remained a Thanksgiving staple since then. [Photo credit: The List]

My family has a tradition of throwing mini pumpkins left from Halloween.

Erin Payne, Spanish teacher

Party hard!

Jordan Olivier, sophomore

Other notable traditions include the uncles shaving the grandfather’s beard, betting money on family board games, using a ouija board, and making tamales.

What are you most thankful for?

When asked what they are most thankful for, most students and staff replied about their family, friends, school, relationships, and health.

The majority of the more unique answers came from sophomores and juniors.

cherokee high school ap chemistry lab coat

What am I most thankful for? My lab coat for AP Chem.

Finn Sheldon, sophomore

Left: the day of the interview, AP Chemistry students received their lab coats. [Photo credit: Makenzie Bird]

I’m also thankful for Finn’s lab coat.

Noah, sophomore

Me, as well. I’m thankful for Finn’s lab coat.

Andrew, sophomore

Other students confessed gratitude for Dr. Pepper, money, Among Us, and calves.

I’m thankful for calves, both mine and in general.

Jonathan, junior

A few juniors expressed gratitude for being able to pass sophomore year. Another junior, Brooke Green, said she was “most thankful for my mom, who trusts me to drive her car every day.”

Bacon, gouda, Starbucks, and sandwiches

Samiyah Casimir, junior
starbucks thanksgiving blend and coffee cup
Starbucks released their Thanksgiving Blend in 2012, and has continued every year since then. [Photo credit: Starbucks Stories] More Starbucks fall favorites

What am I most grateful for? Yo face.

Madison, junior

I’m grateful for tattoos.

Justice Hayas, sophomore

Several of our interviewers got more creative responses in group settings. Another honorable mention came from juniors Rhys Topham and Dylan McGuire:

I’m thankful for my friends.

Rhys Topham, junior

I’m thankful for Rhys Topham.

Dylan McGuire, junior

Thanksgiving meal preferences

Reportedly, the majority of the people chose ham over turkey as their Thanksgiving meat. Another percent also showed that several preferred tofu or vegetarian options for their Thanksgiving meals.

The results of the survey also showed that sweet potato was the most popular casserole dish. The other options were corn, green bean, squash, or mac and cheese.

Ham came out to be the most popular Thanksgiving meat, with 3% more of the votes than turkey. Sweet potato casserole won as the most popular casserole dish with 32% of the votes.

The Warrior Word expresses their gratitude to everyone who participated in the survey and wishes all readers a happy Thanksgiving!

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