‘Meet the ATA: Halloween Edition’ Review

By Camille Yost On October Friday the 13th, Advanced Theater Arts presented to Tustin High School a wonderful production of ‘Meet the ATA: Halloween Edition’ showcase. The ten different scenes captured both the spookiness and comedic takes on the holiday dedicated to the dead. A notable scene, “Kev Burger” was about a couple who stopped…

Grab a Bite of Senior Year

By Vanessa Soria As you may or may not know, seniors have the privilege of leaving during lunch, as long as you have a parent signature for an off campus sticker. Senior year is a big year, so why not take advantage of it by grabbing a big bite at one of the many delicious…

Welcome Dr. Tuin!

By Benjamin Rodriguez Enthusiastic, kind, open-minded, caring, polite—this is just a short list of words that can be used to describe our brand new principal, Dr. Jon Tuin. Almost every morning before first period, Dr. Tuin is at  the entrance of school greeting Tiller students as they walk onto campus. If you don’t see him…

Tustin vs. Valencia

By Chaise Howard The Tustin High boys water polo team sadly took the “L” when they played Valencia High on October 6. Although they held a tie for the first 3 quarters of the game, in the fourth quarter Valencia pulled ahead and finished the game with a score of 4-6. The game started with…

Mist Your Problems Away

By Chloe Maddox Although the summer has come to an end, California is never truly chilly. One way to combat heat while clearing your skin is by using a refreshing rose water mist. I like to use this to prime and set my makeup, as part of my skincare routine and just as a refresher….

Tom Petty’s Death: Leaving Millions in Heartbreak

By Golda Fulmer Tom Petty—a renown musician and singer—passed tragically, at the age of 66, on October 2, 2017, at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA. The cause of death was cardiac arrest early that morning, and his death was officially confirmed later that night, despite the confusion that afternoon. Petty was famous for…

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

By Alec Nunez After the acclaimed success of director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (2015), 2017 brings audiences his latest work, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Following Yorgos’ style of dark and twisted stories, this film follows Steven, a charismatic cardiovascular surgeon, who takes a fatherless teenage boy, Martin,  under his wing after he intrudes…

Top Well-Known Songs with a Deeper Meaning

By Golda Fulmer There are many renowned songs that seem hunky-dory when played and are great for singing along to. Most of the time, true meanings are only discovered through the thorough listening of the song, focused reading of the lyrics, and even intense investigation of the band and references. One of the most notorious…

Shape, Sound, Color: Solange

By Chloe Maddox A year ago this week, Solange released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table. On the surface, it sounds like funky, dream-like R&B. However, the album deals with the misconceptions, and fallacies associated with African-Americans. With spoken notes, the album is both personal and impactful.  I was fortunate enough to…

Lady Tillers Tennis Comes Up Short

By Eean Garcia Tustin’s Varsity Girls Tennis team squared off against the Valencia Tigers for their first league game of the season. The Tillers had some amazing performances in both their singles and doubles matches.  Melody Nguyen had some amazing shots in all three of her matches, which led her to close finishes in each of…

Cinematic Camera Work

By Jair Martinez Camera work is one of the most important parts of creating a movie. Directors use different types of camera angles to show emotion, setting, point out certain characters, and to show the tension between characters—not to mention that noticeably sloppy camera work can potentially ruin a film. But it’s easy to make…

Varsity Girls Volley Reigns Victorious Against Valencia

By Gigi Hume Thus far, Varsity Girls Volleyball has been kicking a** and taking names in their 2017 season with a now 11-5 record after yesterday’s 3-0 win against the Valencia Tigers. Before the Varsity showdown, Frosh/Soph set a positive precedent with a 2-1 win, losing their first set 24-26, but making a strong comeback…

Consilience of Science and Philosophy

By Frank Remele The intersection between conventional science and philosophy is a topic not nearly addressed to the extent it must be. Ideally, the discussion would take place voluntarily across all academic disciplines, in which we would have our Stephen Hawking’s cordially conversing with our Bertrand Russell’s. Contemporary discussions regarding science and philosophy, however, are…

Welcome Back to School

By Camille Yost Students are starting to get comfortable in their daily class schedules as we approach the four-week mark in our 2017 to 2018 school year. On Tuesday, September 19, Tustin High School will welcome parents to Back to School Night. This gives parents an opportunity to get to know the student’s teachers and…

Tropicalia Fest: Tacos, Tigres Del Norte and Tons of Dancing

By Galilea Oregon If you’re a fan of music and consider yourself an aspiring foodie you’ve most likely probably wished there was a way you could just combine the two in a glorious medley of pure entertainment and nothing but fun. If so, there’s an event tailored just for the music-loving foodie in you. I…

It’s A Must-See

By Jair Martinez The classic horror movie It, which might as well be titled Coulrophobics Worst Nightmare, is getting a remake. Maybe you’ve heard about it or maybe not, but either way, this is definitely a must-see movie of 2017. Just from the snippets seen in the trailers, It 2.0 seems to be similar to…

Frosh Volley Battles Marina

By Gigi Hume “Bump it! Set it! Spike it!” That’s the way they like it here on Tustin High’s Frosh Volleyball team who utilized many a bump, set, and spike to make a nail-biting game against the Marina Vikings where our girls won one set. Right off the bat, the Frosh girls Tiller’d up, starting…

Welcome to the Block Party – Lady Tillers Kicking Off the Year

By Ben Rodriguez Tustin’s Girls Volleyball teams kicked off the season with a bang, sweeping Irvine High School’s Vaqueros. The winning streak started with the frosh team, as they took 2 of the 3 sets. Junior Varsity followed suit, also taking 2 of their 3 sets. Varsity finished the sweep, with many thanks to Ava…

XOXO, Galore Girl

By Gigi Hume Hey Central Orange County-ers. Have I got the 411 for you—there’s a new it-girl on the block. Or should I say int-girl. One of my many sources sends us this: “Spotted at Galore Magazine, Macbook and composition book in hand: Jocelyn You.” Was it only a year ago that our Tustin Alumna…

Class of 2017 Glow Ups

By Karley Bailey and Nayeli Medina Wednesday morning, the last day of May, as I was walking to my first period class, I closely examined the familiar off-white walls of Tustin High. Only four years ago, these same monotonous walls had daunted me as I walked the same path to my fourth period freshmen biology…

Mr. Williamson Followup

By Gigi Hume Over a week ago, our beloved teacher Mr. Williamson passed away leaving behind a wife, two year old son, and hundreds of others whom he coached, taught, and supported during his time  on this Earth. Just in that one week window, the Thank You Mr. Williamson Facebook Page and iTHSMedia’s Google Form…

How Best to Study

By Ivette Barajas and Alena Tran With only a few weeks left of school, final exams appear to be the most persistent origin of student panic. While big tests can be daunting, we advise you to chill out and follow these few steps to acing any test. Relax. Freaking out only escalates the problem; it…

Thoughts on Feminism

By Ivette Barajas and Alena Tran First and second wave feminist movements are largely characterized by the right to vote, the right to equal pay, and sexual liberation. This integral beginning provided the platform for third wave feminism, which tends to be associated with more intersectionality and a reclamation and redefining of concepts such as…

Hack Your Way to Prom

By Kristina Ching As a 5’-nothing girl with a chest flatter than some 10 year olds, and shoulders and arms that usually force me to wear tee-shirts from the guys’ section, I haven’t had the best experiences looking for formal dresses. Windsor is the stereotypical prom go-to. With racks and racks of tulle, taffeta, satin,…

5 Ways We’re Killing Our Planet

  By Nayeli Medina Modern humans have been present on this earth for about 200,000 years, with roughly 7 billion people inhabiting the world to date. Seven billion people on this earth are enough to make an environmental impact, good or bad. For example, if enough of us call attention to a situation in which…

#ThankYouMrWilliamson

By Gigi Hume and Galilea Oregon Yesterday afternoon felt just like a normal day, all up until whispers in the hallways and muffled tears spoke for themselves—Ian Williamson, former Utt Middle School eighth grade Physical Science, STEM teacher, Cross Country coach, and most recently Tustin High School Human Anatomy and Physiology teacher passed away after…

The Recent Evolution of DC and Marvel

By Jason Aquino Comic books have been on the rise in popularity in recent years. We’ve gone from having a decent comic book movie every few years to having three or more appearances from the Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, and Batman every few months. Just last year, we got six comic book movies from both…

What is the CAASPP?

By Camille Yost AP Tests have come to an end, but we’re not finished just yet. This week and next week, students are required to take the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) which has replaced the STAR Testing. This exam’s purpose is to monitor the progress of students and to assess their…

Lights, Camera, and Action for 22 THS Students

By Jacob Rivas On May 5, 2017, Mrs. Markley took 22 of her Advanced Theatre Arts students to see a Broadway show at Segerstrom Center for Arts. The show was called “An American In Paris,” which Mrs. Markley described  as, “A colorful and fun take on comedic plays.” She personally enjoys Broadway shows, so she…

Principal Debriefing

By Zachary Apperson This upcoming school year, we’ll have to say farewell to Mrs. Matos and applaud her on her new position as Director of Educational Services, at the Tustin Unified School District Administration Center. Replacing her is Dr. Tuin, with over 30 years of experience in education. He served eight of those years as…