A Healthy Body Is A Healthy Mind

By Evelyn Carrillo  Everyone loves to eat; we can all agree on that. What we eat affects our daily lives and impacts our future. Don’t worry, it’s easy to maintain a healthy diet; all that matters is commitment to change. If your self-esteem is low, don’t worry about it, you can still change; just make…

Hip Hop Is For The Children

By Jocelyn You In the 90’s, Wu-Tang Clan, a popular rap group, created the saying, “Wu-Tang is for the children,” but this applies to hip hop in general. The group was so famous that it promoted the slogan, “Wu-Tang is forever,” intending for the music to live on for future kids to love. The music heavily…

The Misfits

By Viviana Altamirano Rainbow Rowell’s novel Eleanor and Park may relate to a few young adults in a way that no other books can. This unique and remarkable novel is different than the usual sappy teen love stories. In most love stories there’s a popular girl or a handsome guy. In this book, however, Eleanor…

How to Look as Chic as Your Christmas Presents

By Jocelyn Cervantes The season for Fall, Halloween, college applications, Thanksgiving, and Homecoming has surpassed us with fond memories as we now move into the most enchanting and marvelous time of year. With magic in the air, the aroma of pine trees, and the hot chocolate to keep us warm, Christmas is truly the most…

Sac State’s Future Soccer Star: Allie Zwerling

By Katelyn Merrell Allison Nicole Zwerling was “born to play soccer.” A naturally fast runner, physically strong athlete, and  technically skillful forward, Allie possesses all the necessary qualities of the “ideal player.” Her love of the game began at the age of five when her soccer career first started. Allie joined an AYSO team, “The…

Losing the True Meaning of Christmas

By Alexis Diaz  Tis’ the season for caramel brulee lattes, sweaters, decorations, and shopping. Christmas is referred to as the most wonderful time of the year. The 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family and all of the carols playing on local radio stations add to how exciting the holidays are. But have we lost…

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

By Katelyn Merrell As the countdown to Christmas unwinds many of us are still struggling to find Christmas gifts for the ones we love. However, if you are like me, you don’t necessarily have the budget to go out and buy extravagant gifts. Here are some creative gift ideas that don’t cost a lot of…

What To Do During Winter Break

By Vanessa Tang Not doing anything during Winter Break? Looking for something to do? Check out these activities that you can enjoy and take advantage of to pass time. Big Bear Big Bear is a little less than two hours away from Tustin High. This break could be your chance to get away from here…

Misery Book Review

by Vanessa Cuellar Stephen King’s impeccable novel Misery gives readers a spine-chilling, hair-rising, blood curdling feeling of suspense and danger. King brings to life the horrific venture of what could happen when a famous novelist meets his number one fan. Paul Sheldon, author of the famous romance series Misery, is overcome by wanderlust to drive…

Roller Fury

By: Tanya Soto Blood, sweat, and tears defines the underdog sport…roller derby. Roller derby became popular in the 1940’s; on November 29, 1948 roller derby appeared for the first time on New York television. This contact sport takes place in a circular track where two opposing teams with five members roller blade in the same…

“If I Stay” Movie Review

By Maciel Bustos Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements and some sexual material) Genre: Drama Directed By: R.J. Cutler Written By: Shauna Cross In Theaters: Aug 22, 2014 Wide On DVD: Nov 18, 2014 Box Office: $50.5M Runtime: 1 hr. 46 min. “If I Stay” is about a musical prodigy named Mia who must decide whether to…

Masking Hardship

By Ashley Parra and Daniella Suarez Cassandra Patiño hasn’t had the easiest life. She appears to be the happiest girl in the world, but her smile only hides so much. At the age of 13 she was put into a foster home due to her rebellious actions. She has been through so much: the death…

Smallpools: A Glorious Pitch

By Jocelyn Cervantes Picture this: You are surrounded in a room with about 500 strangers. It’s dark and the only lights shine onto the stage. Front and center stands a microphone, a keyboard and Sean with his brown hair and cute boyish smile. On his side are two guys, Mike on  guitar and Joe on…

Thailand Hunger Games, Real or Not Real?

By Vanessa Tang On May 22, 2014, the Thai government turned to martial law. Martial law as defined by The Free Dictionary is “the exercise of government and control by military authorities over the civilian population of a designated territory.” Thailand’s prior form of government was a constitutional monarchy, but its military chief authorized martial…

Does Social Media Make Us Social?

By Alexis Diaz I wake up to the sound of my annoying alarm clock, and then eagerly check Instagram and Twitter to see if I have any notifications, excited about any new comments on the picture I posted, or to see if I got any new favorites or re-tweets. In this generation people peck away…

Some Belgian Thoughts on the Love of Sport

-Dylan Allen As previously mentioned, I write for a cycling publication, The Competitive Cyclist, for which this was originally published. At the urging of my adviser, Mrs. Kim Robinson, it is also being published here. Though it focuses on cycling, I find the desire and dedication explored similarly applicable to other sports. -Dylan Allen To…

Trendy Tastes Near Tustin

By Jocelyn You Social media popularized the “foodie” movement with hashtags such as #foodies, #foodisfuel, and #foodislife. Popular foods such as boba, burgers, sushi, acai bowls, grilled cheese, and cold-pressed juice are popping up everywhere in Orange County. The idea of urbanized restaurants with cute décor along with music that matches the atmosphere makes foodies…

Going Both Ways: An Interview With A Bisexual Student

By: Clay Miller Telling a person that you’re gay is an exceptionally hard thing to do, but bisexuality is a word that brings a whole new level of confusion and misunderstanding. Despite popular belief, bisexuality and homosexuality are not the same thing. To be homosexual is to be attracted to only the same gender, whereas…

Morrissey Obsessed

By: Tanya Soto He captivates and serenades with the tender melody of his voice. With delicate carol and deep lyrics, his soulful music sways in your ears like steady waves. English teacher, Andrea Willoughby lives and breathes for Morrissey. Yes, hard to believe right? A teacher having the same interests as her students. Today, teenagers…

A Sea of Lies

by Vanessa Tang When you think about SeaWorld, you may think about its amazing attractions. You could picture the giant killer whales (orcas), swimming happily in their tanks or the dolphins jumping into the air under their trainer’s commands. Families watch the sea lions and children can touch the sea life right in front of…

Out With The Old – In With The New

by Emily Rodriguez Often seen as intimidating and strict, the job of being a principal is not always an easy or fun one. At the end of the year it was announced that our principal, Mr. Blackmore, and two of our vice principals, Mr. Fresch and Mrs. Sanders, were going to be leaving Tustin High….

Rumble on the Mat

By Cristobal Segura Wrestling isn’t just a sport; it’s a lifestyle. Wrestling is persistent hard work. Wrestlers will keep going until their body can’t take anymore. Six minutes… Three periods… One winner… What will be the outcome? Waking up at five a.m. to wrestle strangers isn’t an activity everyone enjoys doing on a Saturday, but…

Life: “A Rolly-Coaster” Ride and Other Advice from Coach Jim Gross

by:Kristina Ching and  Jillian Owens In between reaching deep points about life and its struggles, Jim Gross, coach of the girls’ soccer team, calls out times to the players running a Cooper test, an international measure of physical fitness. After a successful summer season of training and games, the girls came away with an undefeated…

Digging Deeper with our Homecoming Court

  By Alexis Diaz Over a month ago Tillers had homecoming and the football game followed by a groovy dance, one of the most exciting events as a high school student. Our homecoming court nominees were the handsome gentlemen (from left to right) Shikhar Gupta, Brad Donahoo, Shane Sweeney, Amol Singhal, and Rehan Bokhari. The…

A Life Changing Injury: Tearing the ACL

By: Karli Stichter About 250,000 to 300,000 athletes tear their ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) every year. 20,000 to 80,000 of those athletes are high school girls. After Title IX was passed in 1972 prohibiting discrimination between girls and boys, the amount of girls participating in sports increased greatly. Girls most commonly affected by the ACL…

What Are You Even Saying, Dude?

By Karley Bailey, Destiny Gomez, and Nayeli Medina Slang has been incorporated into the way we speak since the beginning of time. It seems that each year new words are created and integrated into modern society. Honestly, most of us don’t even know what half of these words mean. We just say them to keep…

One Difference Between Public and Private Education

By Elijah Edwards The common stereotype of children in private schools today is that most of them are stuck-up, rude, rich, or spoiled brats. Money and the wealth of families in private education is not the only difference between public and private schooling. I attended private school from elementary to middle school and am not…

THS Journalist Writes For Local Magazine

By Julia Klotz Dylan Allen is among the five editors for Tustin High’s Journalism classes. Dylan’s major passion and preoccupation is cycling. His devotion to Journalism and cycling helped him land an official publication in a cycling magazine, The Competitive Cyclist. In addition to writing for The Pitchfork and The Competitive Cyclist, he’s also raced…

What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

By Jocelyn Cervantes Thanksgiving seems to be the only time where it’s socially acceptable to eat as much as you want and no one can tell you otherwise. Of course your dilemma, besides thinking of how many pounds you will gain, is deciding what to wear. Should your outfit be sophisticated and chic? Or casual…

Interesting Places: Placita Olvera

By: Nayeli Medina Interesting Places: Placita Olvera Los Angeles is a beautiful city located in Southern California. It is known for beautiful skies, warm temperatures and beaches, which makes it a desired place to visit. LA provides a variety of opportunities for tourists and young people who are on the search for recognition and a…