For Us // From Us

By Kristina Ching Although International Women’s Day wasn’t today, I set out to do something to remind myself and those around me that we can be empowered everyday of our lives // I believe strongly in learning from our mistakes, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish I could have had some…

Church of Christian Science

By Zachary Apperson, Camille Yost, and Benjamin Rodriguez The Church of Christian Science, also known as the Church of Christ, Scientist, is a lesser known religion that derives from the teachings of Christianity. They take from the readings of the Bible as well as the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science…

Scouting For Sweets

By Kim Aguilar Girl Scout cookies are finally back in season here in Tustin and, yes, they have been missed. These decadent are both delicious and fully support the Girl Scouts to continue helping the community and enjoy new experiences. You can find local booths online or outside of grocery stores, usually where 100% of…

THS Dance Competition

By Eileen Obregon On March 17, Tustin High School’s Dance Team and All-Male will be performing their annual Competition Showcase. The team has put countless, hard-working hours into perfecting their routines ranging from Character to Kick to Hip-Hop to Solo, Duet, and Trio performances. Each of these fantastic routines will be competed at many dance…

Technology: Another Millennial-monger

By Emily Crowl I walk into class, clutching my cellphone. As the minutes tick by I put my phone on my desk—face-up for easy access—and pull out my laptop to web browse, or just idly flip through my tabs from the day before. The class bell rings, I check my phone one more time before…

How to Ace Your ACT

By Camille Yost You have known about your ACT exam for the past couple of months, and now, it is only a few days away. You’re scrambling to find last minute ways to study because you feel unprepared. Here’s the first tip: Do not procrastinate. That being said, whether or not we like to admit…

Dear Freshman,

Dear Freshman, Okay, breathe. You’ve made it.  Sort of anyway. You just completed your first semester of high school, just seven more to go. Yeah, that may seem like a lot, but you’ve come a long way from the kid desperately clutching the blurry map you printed out from the school website searching left and…

Dear Sophomore,

Dear Sophomore, You’re halfway there. Be proud of yourself. Maybe this is the first year you’re taking an AP class. Maybe this is the first year you’ve actually had to study. Maybe it’s the year you’ve had to learn how to balance six classes, a sport, a job, and a social life. Maybe it’s not….

Dear Junior,

Dear Junior, I know right now that your priorities are in a fumble. For instance, I understand you are being forced to read this letter right now when there are an abundance of other productive things you could be doing. I’m a senior, in another CCR class reading a different letter. I know what you’re…

Dear Senior,

Dear Senior, Senior year is weird because you still feel like a kid who is stuck in high school, yet you know that by the end of the year, you’ll be expected to know what you want to do with your life. The concept of “the rest of your life” is odd, too. What are…

Tripping Through High School

By Ivette Barajas, Karimar Gatica, and Michael Rodillo Like every other high school in America, Tustin High contains students ranging from different grades, ages, cultures, interests, hobbies, etc. In the small but significant four years spent in high school, there is a drastic transition that occurs in every single individual; whether it be physical, mental,…

Tiller Teacher Throwbacks

By Karley Bailey and Nayeli Medina As you slide into the same old wooden desk in your third period class and begin to block out your teacher’s lecture, you start to daydream… do you ever wonder what your teacher felt like in your position? Did they have the same feelings of teen angst and desperation?…

Mr. ‘One-of-a-Kind’ Martyn

By Eileen Obregon Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” working should, realistically, be just another activity that you cannot get enough of. Educating students and empowering them with knowledge can be a natural gift for most teachers and here at Tustin…

Mr. Tiller Pageant

By Eileen Obregon On January 20th, Tustin High School’s Dance Team and All-Male will be hosting the very first annual Mr. Tiller Pageant. The first competition ever will consist of an opening group dance routine, a swimsuit competition, a showcase of their talent, evening-wear competition, and an on-stage question. The contestants have put multiple practices…

A Better Choir

By Camille Yost and Kimberly Ayon Tustin High’s choir, directed by Mr. David Peay, has appeared in our assemblies and recently held several concerts. Something that sets our schools choir apart from other schools is that it doesn’t require auditions in order to join. Many singers will say that there is always room for improvement;…

The Giver’s United Club

By Jair Martinez The Giver’s United club at Tustin High School is made to help out the community and encourage people to contribute along the way. They know that even the smallest deed, like recycling, helps the community. Right now, they are working on implementing boxes in every classroom to collect bottles and cans so…

Tustin High School and All-Male Winter Dance Showcase

By Eileen Obregon On December 16, Tustin High School’s Dance Team and All-Male will be performing their annual Winter Dance Show. The performance will consist of routines from the Tustin Tiller Days parade and a variety of school assembly routines from the 2016-2017 school year like the Welcome Back assembly routine and Homecoming assembly routine….

Winter Concert

By Camille Yost This past Friday, Tustin High held its annual winter concert and, naturally,  the sports pavilion was filled with beautiful, harmonious sounds. Under the direction of instrumental director Michael Fisk, vocal director David Peay, and co-director/accompanist Corey Hirsch, Tustin High’s band, orchestra, and chorus all performed for the audience. Tustin High’s band started…

Tustin High Dance Team Winter Kid’s Camp

By Eileen Obregon The Tustin High School Dance Team and All-Male is hosting a Winter Dance Camp geared toward grades kinder through 8th are welcome! On Saturday, December 10th, campers are welcome to attend to learn from seventeen-time National Champion Tustin High School Dance Team and All-Male Dance Crew. To register, go to Tustin High…

Are Millennials Too Stressed To Care?

By Alena Tran, Ivette Barajas, and Kimberly Aguilar Millennials are oftentimes criticized for being too lazy and too apathetic to worldly conflictions. There are many who believe this generation is merely made up of mindless, materialistic, social-media obsessed robots, but paradoxically, many are also convinced millennials care too much, or are too sensitive. It can…

Do Teachers Care About Their Students?

By Bryan Garcia and Tanya Soto School is a daily routine. Five days a week, we meet up with our teachers in our ordinary classrooms. With this in mind, a great multitude of students feel that they don’t have a personal relationship with their educators, and some feel like their teachers lack effort when it…

Tillers Varsity Water Polo Wiped Out

By Camille Yost and Kimberly Ayon Despite a painful loss, the Varsity Boys’ Water Polo team ended the year strong with their “best game of the season”, according to Jonathan Diaz. The game went into double overtime and ended with a score of four to five. Tustin High’s Varsity Boy’s Water Polo finished off with…

Tustin Tiller Homecoming Spirit Week

By Eileen Obregon and Nayeli Medina   Spirit Week Monday: PJ Day Tuesday: Toddler Day Wednesday: Jersey Day Thursday: Superhero Day Friday: Decade Day Homecoming is slowly creeping up, meaning it is time to show your Tiller Spirit! On October 10 through the 14th, we have themed days to be creative, different, and have fun…

Zero Tolerance for Zero Period

  By: Karley Bailey and Nayeli Medina Having gone to Tustin High for almost four years now, we seniors are accustomed  to the constantly changing campus and bell schedules. This constant change affects students temporarily, but eventually we adjust. Before these persistent transitions were found irrelevant, however this 2016-2017 school year has introduced a new…

UCLA Struck with School Shooting

By: Karli Stichter Earlier today in Los Angeles, California there was a reported shooting at the University of California, Los Angeles campus. As of now two have been pronounced dead. Currently the SWAT team is searching for and clearing students from one of the campus buildings. Special operations teams are in the process of evacuating…

Make-Up Your Mind!

By: Ashley Faleao & Jasmine Vasquez Prom is coming up and girls are in search of dresses and makeup for this special night. Some girls struggle to apply makeup or cannot afford to get it professionally done. For this prom 2016, we welcome back Elizabeth Jennings to help girls who attend Tustin High Jennings is…

AP Literature and Amadeus

By: Karli Stichter On May 17, Mr. Miller’s AP Literature class embarked on a cultural experience. Throughout the year Miller read and taught various plays to his class, and decided it would be a great idea to bring his two classes to see an actual production. Before the event both classes learned about proper etiquette,…

Bodacious Lady Bathrooms of Tustin High

By Katelyn Merrell Photographed by Karli Stichter Bathroom 1 – The Convenient Bathroom: This bathroom is located near the ceramics room and the new humanities building. This bathroom is a three stall bathroom with only two working stalls since the big bathroom stall’s latch is broken. Unfortunately, this bathroom is often quite dirty because it…

How It Feels to be a Second Semester Senior

By:  Karli Stichter It’s almost impossible to wake up every morning and drag yourself to class as a senior in the home stretch of high school. Days seem longer and you’re more tired than you have ever been in your life. You find yourself falling asleep at midnight. One o’clock. Two o’clock. The amount of…

Race For the Barn House

by Gwynn Van Houten The air is heavy with tension. Everyone feels it: the men and women on the dais, prepared to battle for the favor of the people, and whose words may very well decide the outcome of their futures. In the audience, journalists’ fingers twitch in anticipation, eager to record those words for…