The Overlook Journal

Know Your Ballot! Overview of 2020 Presidential Candidates

Know Your Ballot! Overview of 2020 Presidential Candidates

By: Timothy Goldsmith, Staff Writer

May 7, 2019

{Disclaimer: The Overlook Journal does not collectively have a particular preference in candidate and any opinions expressed in this article do not reflect the views of the Overlook Journal or Thornton-Donovan School. We strongly recommend that the reader seek out extensive research on this topic before d...

Sleeping is More Important to Your Health Than You Think

Sleeping is More Important to Your Health Than You Think

By: Riley Cahill, Staff Writer

March 13, 2019

Most teenagers in this day and age are constantly busy and usually in a rush. They have responsibilities in school and at home, along with buzzing social lives to tend to. But, adolescence is an important time of emotional and physical development, fueled by energy that constantly needs to be recharge...

Explaining the Latest Government Shutdown

Explaining the Latest Government Shutdown

By: Timothy Goldsmith, Staff Writer

March 13, 2019

Government shutdowns are not a new concept in American politics. However, in recent years, there has been less bipartisanship and more conflict within the American government.  Shutdowns occur when Congress cannot agree on a budget for the government and their agencies. Congress has to vote on a budget every ...

Artists of Tomorrow: Interview with David Heredia, Animator (Part Two)

Artists of Tomorrow: Interview with David Heredia, Animator (Part Two)

By: Mila Mabhongo, Staff Writer

January 20, 2019

Last month, the Overlook Journal Staff had the chance to speak to David Heredia, an award winning Black animator whose works have changed the lives of many. We were fortunate enough to have a follow-up interview a few weeks later, where we asked him a number of questions about his life as an artist and...

Artists of Tomorrow: Interview with Ian Dallas, Video Game Developer

Artists of Tomorrow: Interview with Ian Dallas, Video Game Developer

By: Solana Gagliano, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2018

This year, The Overlook Journal had the special opportunity to speak with Ian Dallas, an award winning video game developer who is best known for his lead role in the development of Giant Sparrow's “What Remains of Edith Finch”.  Using questions given by Thornton-Donovan’s “Ready Player Two” ...

Artists of Tomorrow: Interview with David Heredia, Animator (Part One)

Artists of Tomorrow: Interview with David Heredia, Animator (Part One)

By: Antonea Rufa, Chief of Staff

December 5, 2018

Accomplished animator David Heredia has inspired countless people with his artwork, as well the stories behind his incredible pieces.  A few weeks ago, members of Thornton-Donovan’s Overlook Journal staff were fortunate enough to speak with this artist, not only about his current project “Heroes o...

To Parkland from T-D with Love

To Parkland from T-D with Love

By: Mila Mabhongo, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2018

On the afternoon of February 14, 2018, a 19 year-old ex-student walked onto the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, committed one of the world’s deadliest school massacres. He opened fire on students and faculty, killing 17 people and sending 14 more to the hospital...

Gun Law Debate: The Edge of the Coin

Gun Law Debate: The Edge of the Coin

By: Liam Gorbutt, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2018

In light of the recent increase in school shootings in America, most recently in Parkland, Florida where 17 students were shot and killed by a lone student gunman, a new cycle of debate, protest and discussion has erupted considering the laws and ethics in gun ownership. Generally, this issue concerns...

Shootings and Students: Remembering 2018’s Tragic Events

Shootings and Students: Remembering 2018’s Tragic Events

By: Timothy Goldsmith, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2018

In the brief time since the start of 2018, 20 people have been tragically killed and 30 have been wounded in over 17 shootings. Sadly, too many of these shootings have been on the grounds of schools. This article will be split up into several sections, deadly shootings or shootings with wounded students...

Fire and Fury: The Inside Scope of the White House?

By: Mila Mabhongo, Staff Reporter

February 3, 2018

On Thursday, January 5th, 2018, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House by Michael Wolff was released. This controversial piece of writing served as an analysis of the behavior of President Donald Trump during his first full year in office. Upon release, it immediately became the top-selling boo...

Columbus Day: Why the Controversy?

Columbus Day: Why the Controversy?

By: Liam Gorbutt, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2017

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

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 ...

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