The Overlook Journal

iPhone 7: The Safe Choice

By: Celso Silva, Staff Reporter

December 31, 2016

The new iPhone 7 got a lot of people excited. According to, some new facets of the iPhone 7 include the following: Improved camera and photo quality Water resistant Better battery life No headphone port It seems as if the water resistant feature, the extended battery, and the imp...

Entering the NFL Playoffs: Where Does Your Team Stand?

Entering the NFL Playoffs: Where Does Your Team Stand?

By: Kristen Narain, Staff Reporter

December 23, 2016

The 2016-2017 NFL season is soon coming to an end, with many teams trying to take the champion title of Super Bowl LI. Eight of the thirty-two teams have already secured their spot in the playoffs while another fourteen try to succeed in reaching the last four spots. Here is a chart showing the positions...

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Franks

By: Mabel Takona, Staff Reporter

December 21, 2016

This school year, Thornton Donovan has a load of new faces, and not just students. New teachers have joined the academic staff at TD. One of the teachers, Ms. Franks, TD’s newest music teacher, sat down to talk about her experiences outside of Thornton Donovan and how she plans to impact her student...

Former Milwaukee Police Officer Charged with Homicide

By: Cecile Mcintosh, Staff Reporter

December 21, 2016

On August 13, 2016, Dominique Heaggan- Brown shot Sylville Smith, a twenty- three- year old, during a traffic stop. According to court documents and the body cameras that Heaggan- Brown and his partner were wearing, Smith had a gun initially, but was unarmed when Headdan Brown fired the fatal shot. ...

Breaking Discovery: Dinos Had Feathers!

Breaking Discovery: Dinos Had Feathers!

By: Ali Chauldry, Staff Reporter

December 21, 2016

Dinosaurs with feathers? Yes, you heard it correctly. Dinosaurs did have feathers, and a recent scientific discovery proves  it. Paleontologist Lida Xing, of China University of Geosciences in Beijing, has found a piece of amber with what looks to be prehistoric dinosaur feathers. The amber is said to be...

Review: Full Sail Ahead for Disney’s Moana!

Review: Full Sail Ahead for Disney's Moana!

By: Solana Gagliano, Staff Reporter

December 19, 2016

For centuries, sailors explored the immense oceans of the Earth. But 3,000 years ago, their journeys had mysteriously stopped for a millennium. Walt Disney Animation Studios decided to explain this mysterious phenomenon with their newest movie Moana. Taking place over 2,000 years ago, this is the story of a 16...

T-D’s Upcoming Holiday Luncheon

T-D's Upcoming Holiday Luncheon

By: Olivia Cahill, Staff Reporter

December 19, 2016

      Thornton Donovan’s annual Holiday Luncheon, hosted at the Larchmont Yacht Club on the 22nd of December, is a great way to kick off the holiday break . Not only do the students get to miss more than half a school day, but they also get to enjoy food and live entertainment by T-D’s very o...

Tragic Chapecoense Plane Crash

Chapoceonse soccer team's last photo taken on plane to Colombia

By: Jordan Drew, Staff Reporter

December 11, 2016

On November 28th, a plane carrying 77 people crashed in Medellin, Colombia. The 77 passengers on board this plane were players, club staff, and crew for the Brazilian soccer team, called the Chapecoense. Of these 77 people, only 6 survived the tragic plane crash. The plane was on its way from Santa Cruz, Bo...

The Struggle for Standing Rock

The Struggle for Standing Rock

By: Quincy A. Campbell, Managing Editor

December 8, 2016

On July of 2016, the building of the 3.8 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This controversial pipeline, owned by Energy Transfer Partners, has been designed to transport 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois, cutting ...

Return of the Overlook Lounge

Return of the Overlook Lounge

By: Brianna Henry, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2016

Overlook Journal. If you haven’t heard that name yet, you’ve either not attended Thornton-Donovan, or you’ve been living under a rock. But, have you heard of the Overlook Lounge Podcast? Some of you may have answered “yes," and some of you may have answered “no." For those of you t...

Heads Up, Potterheads: Fanstastic Beasts Movie Review

Heads Up, Potterheads: Fanstastic Beasts Movie Review

By: Antonea Rufa, Staff Reporter

December 5, 2016

“Whimsical”, “thought-provoking”, and “extraordinary” are some words used to describe J.K. Rowling's works in the Harry Potter series; the case remains no different when it comes to her latest story, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Set in 1920s New York, Fantastic Beasts revolv...

Rest In Peace, Leonard Cohen

By: Lena Blumberg, Staff Reporter

December 3, 2016

On November 7, 2016, singer, songwriter, musician, and poet, Leonard Cohen died at age eighty two in Los Angeles. The Canadian singer was known for the very popular song Hallelujah. Cohen had dabbled in music early on in his youth, but during the 1950s and early 1960s, he started his career as a novelis...

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