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…

Princesses: Uncensored

By Vanessa Tang Little princesses dropped F-bombs about every 15 seconds to educate the public about sexism. These aren’t true royalty, but 6 to 13 year-olds wearing princess costumes.  The t-shirt company, FCKH8, created the very controversial video about sexism and feminism. They have received about 1 million views on YouTube for their video, “Potty-Mouthed…

What Lurks In the Dark

By: Shanni De La Cruz His thoughts were occupied with her.  With her.  This was ridiculous only because he didn’t even know her last name.  Jessica…Jessica…something.  That would be his new mission for the month, since this one was nearly over. Daniel glanced over at AJ.  The guy was bathed in half-light, so Daniel didn’t…

Beauty

By: Anastasia Earles  When you look into the mirror, what do you see? Do you see yourself as attractive or the opposite? Even if you don’t believe it, the truth of the matter is that you are beautiful. As we saunter down the road of life, we come across insecurities and broken parts that make…

Second Time’s the Charm

By Karli Stichter Around junior and senior year of high school more and more students receive their drivers license but some don’t always pass the test the first time. Unfortunately, I, along with many other people, experienced the moment when the instructor looks over and says, “Keep practicing and goodluck next time.” From administrators to…

George Wilson: Destined for Success

By Katelyn Merrell            “Good kid. Good athlete. In fact, he is one of the better athletes in the county. We are lucky to have him.”                             -Coach Tom Giebe, on senior cornerback George Wilson.   George Wilson is…

The Purge: Anarchy Review

By: Paul Rivera THE PURGE: ANARCHY The Purge: Anarchy is a suspense filled movie about a group of people who get caught out in the purge. They rely on a man who is out looking for revenge on the man who took his son. There is another group of purgers, but they’re not your typical purgers; they are an anti-purge group who fight to…

The Maze Runner Review

By: Evelyn Carillo The Maze Runner: Running to Success    On September 19, 2014 theaters presented “The Maze Runner,” and surprisingly it made a huge box office hit with a total of 73 million dollars in sales. Wes Ball directed this Sci-Fi Thriller.  He’s not well known because he only made two films throughout his…

DIY Christmas Tree Snow Globe

DIY CHRISTMAS TREE SNOW GLOBE By: Milca Salazar STEP 1: Buy all supplies Mason Jar tiny toy like christmas trees silver and/or white glitter a tiny plastic person and/or animal krazy glue water glycerin   STEP 2:  Make this Decoration Fill your mason jar 65% of the of the way with water. Add a splash…

Movie Review: Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas Reviews: “I thought that this movie was very appropriate for the time of year where the holidays roll in one after the other. It portrays two totally different holidays in one amazingly fun movie.” – Melissa Lopez from The Pitchfork “Part avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it…

Love and War

“AJ.” AJ looked up at him, mouth filled with burger. “Mmf.” Daniel took a moment to answer, momentarily distracted by the busy cafeteria.  It was a fishbowl of a cafeteria, to be honest.  The sounds would rebound off the walls, creating a jumbled mess of laughs, shouts, and voices.  It was a comforting sound –…

The Tillers Hit Bull’s Eye at the Pioneers

By Kassandra Ferrer and Viviana Altamirano TUSTIN — November 2, 2014, The Tustin Tillers faced the Western Pioneers at Tustin’s pool. Western was not prepared for the pitchfork! Our Water Polo boys swerved their rifle bullet while the Western Pioneer goalie had to swerve the Tustin Tiller powerful shot. The undefeatable Mitchell Spear (also known…

Freshman Football: The Story Behind Their Success

By: Amanda Zamora   Our Tustin High School freshman football team is on the road to success. They continually work hard on keeping up their 8-2 record. They are always on the field giving their best effort during practice through all of the drills, sprints, and repetitive plays. No matter what the weather is, extreme…

Dino Dash 2014

By Macial Bustos and Melissa Lopez 3…2…1… Dino Dash has started! Early in the morning at 7 a.m. people from all over the area came to the most awaited event of the year, Dino Dash. Dino Dash is an event where people run or ride for education. All proceeds benefit the TUSD Schools and the…

Coping with Anxiety as a Student

By Kaylee Hanzich Anxiety is one of those unspoken terrors that fill the body. It’s extremely disheartening to get up and face a new day every morning when you are in a never-ending battle with your mind. Some days, all you may want to do is curl up in bed, underneath your warm blanket, stay…

Model United Nations at Tustin High: The Path to Success

By Seth Williams On November twenty-fourth, 2014, Tustin High will be holding its In-House Conference for the MUN, or Model United Nations, Program. Model United Nations is an elective that gives students the potential to help solve the world’s issues one step at a time. Students play the part of individual countries coming together to…

Real Athletes Wear Pink

  By Zachary Apperson and Vanessa Cuellar Lady Tiller athletes continue to spread the word of breast cancer awareness by wearing pink. From pink socks to pink jerseys, Tillers show their care for women all across the world who suffer from this devastating atrocity. On Monday, October 20, the girls’ volleyball team competed against Cypress at their “Dig…

Rise of the Ramones

By: Tanya Soto Here come leather jackets, long hair, Converse, and ripped jeans—Joey the lead singer, Johnny on guitar, DeeDee as bassist, and last but not least Tommy on the killer drums. They all had the surname “Ramone” even though they weren’t related. Their fast beats and catchy lyrics started in New York City in…