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Columbus Day: Why the Controversy?

Columbus Day: Why the Controversy?

By: Liam Gorbutt, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Monday, October 9, 2017, celebrated a very controversial anniversary in the United States’ history, the 80th anniversary of the federal holiday Columbus Day. Despite it being a holiday in which many schools and businesses close to honor Christopher Columbus, in recent years the celebration has been a c...

Earthquake Hits Central Mexico

By: Molly Cummings, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2017


Filed under News

On Tuesday, September 19th, Mexico was struck by a tragic earthquake. The earthquake hit around 1:00 p.m. local time just south of Mexico City, according to CBS News. The magnitude of this earthquake was roughly around 7.1. Around 225 people were killed, including 21 children who were attending ...

Hurricanes Hit Caribbean and American Coasts

Hurricanes Hit Caribbean and American Coasts

By: Taylor Marsico, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

This past month we’ve heard a lot about the multiple hurricanes affecting the southern part of the United States and the Caribbean. Fortunately, New York has not been affected, but what has this weather disaster done to the those hit? Hurricane Irma, active from August 30 until September 14, 2017 has...

The Truth About Blood Diamonds

The Truth About Blood Diamonds

By: Ali Chauldry, Staff Reporter

June 7, 2017


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In America, the diamond is a symbol of love and commitment, destined to last forever. However, what if the gem lovers hold so dear was actually a symbol of destruction rather than adoration- fuel for civil wars, environmental destruction and human rights violations. It’s sad to say that certain...

Teachers Speak on Climate Change – A Concern For Generations

Teachers Speak on Climate Change – A Concern For Generations

By: Antonea Rufa, Staff Reporter

June 7, 2017


Filed under News, School Life

It is not news that the earth's climate has been increasing over the years. According to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, there has been an increase of 1.53 degrees since the late nineteenth century. Whether one wants to accept this as a problem, or call it a hoax, even a meager i...

Manchester Attack Explained

Manchester Attack Explained

By: Taylor Marsico, Staff Reporter

June 5, 2017


Filed under News

The following article contains graphic details of a terrorist attack and the events that unfolded beforehand. The Overlook Journal has decided not to expose the first name of the attacker, believing that it will give him the attention he certainly does not deserve.    On May 22, 2017 fan...

The Crisis in Syria Explained

The Crisis in Syria Explained

By: Xavier Rogers, Staff Reporter

May 17, 2017


Filed under News

The Syrian civil war has been an ongoing ordeal since 2011. The start of the war can be traced back to the Syrian city of Deraa, wherein fifteen school-aged children were arrested and tortured for anti-government graffiti that they had posted on a wall.  Upon hearing this news, the citizens in the ...

T-D Welcomes Japanese Guests

T-D Welcomes Japanese Guests

By: Olivia Cahill, Staff Reporter

March 25, 2017


Filed under News, School Life

On March 11, Japanese students from Sera High School in Sera, Hiroshima, arrived to spend two weeks studying at Thornton-Donovan. The schools have a longstanding relationship. As recently as last June, a group of T-D upper schoolers traveled to Hiroshima shortly after T-D ended its school year. ...

Airport Protests Sweep the Nation

Airport Protests Sweep the Nation

By: Lena Blumberg, Staff Reporter

March 8, 2017


Filed under News

After Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27, banning travel from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, seven predominantly Muslim countries, thousands of protesters across the country gathered at airports to show their opposition to the order. Many stayed all day; some even...

Secretary Betsy Devos: Education For All?

Secretary Betsy Devos: Education For All?

By: Xavier Rogers, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2017


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         Betsy DeVos has had quite the year so far. After being announced by President Trump as the nominee for the eleventh Secretary of Education back in November of 2016, she was sworn in last week on February 7, 2017. However, DeVos’s nomination didn’t go over well with a good por...

Trump’s 1st Controversial Travel Ban

Trump’s 1st Controversial Travel Ban

By: Brianna Henry, Staff Reporter

February 22, 2017


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Not long after entering the White House, President Donald Trump made an executive order, upsetting people all over the world. Now, for those who don’t know, an executive order is an official statement from the president which tells government agencies how to use their resources, and in Trump’...

2017’s Historic Women’s March

2017’s Historic Women’s March

By: Taylor Marsico, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2017


Filed under News

On January 21, 2017, the day after President Donald Trump came to office, a women’s march was held in support of women’s rights and in opposition to Trump’s inauguration. Although mainly focused in Washington, D.C., there were several other protests held all around the U.S. and other cities acros...

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