Senior Season

By Tori De La Vega As the winter season sports come to an end, the seniors from both boys and girls teams are faced with memories that will last them the rest of their lives. Over the past four years memories have been created, bonds formed, and lessons learned.   What’ll players now do during…

CIF is Back!

By Tori De La Vega A big congratulations is in order for our varsity teams here at Tustin High, such as the girls water polo and boys and girls basketball teams, for making it to CIF! CIF is a program in which high school sports teams throughout California partake in order to compete with the…

Portraits

By Chloe Maddox Portraits have been used to document the human form since the beginning of mankind. From the oh-so popular cave paintings, to the painted portraits hanging on the wall, to the endless selfies in your camera roll. Regardless, a portrait is timeless, something that represents the subject and tells a story. It is…

UFO Crash Crater Found in Mexico

By Jair Martinez On January 17, a 26 foot wide smoking pit by the Torreón to Saltillo Highway in the state of Coahuila in northeast Mexico was filmed by shocked onlookers as a cloudy grey mist rose into the air. According to early reports, the pit was as deep as it was wide and no…

Eagles Fly their Way to Super Bowl LII Victory

By Benjamin Rodriguez On Sunday Feb. 4, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots got together in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII.  Going into the game the New England Patriots were seen as heavy favorites just like every playoff game this year; and the Eagles were seen as underdogs.  The Eagles ignored the nay…

Movies to Watch if You Love Movies

By Galilea Oregon and Chloe Maddox Have you ever watched a movie that made you feel like you were living in a dream? Something about it lures and entices you , and sometimes it’s not even the plot that is so attractive, but rather the setting, the colors, the way the light shines on the…

Activism in Journalism

By Kristina Ching Since its conception in 1851, the New York Times has been a prolific source of news for the American people. The Times holds a reputation, both domestically and abroad, for its thoroughness, and has been ranked as the #1 newspaper in the United States by more than one respected institution. Although, The…

Taco Bell’s New Nacho Fries (They Aren’t Mine Either)

By Frank Remele My hopes weren’t particularly high when I walked in to Taco Bell. In my view, there are only so many ways you can make a fry- too much deviation, and it cannot semantically be considered one. At the same time, Taco Bell had previously achieved greatness in ways that many other fast-food…

The Watch Dogs of Twitter

By Alec Nunez Recently, an undercover video of an investigative journalist group was released to the public exposing social media giant Twitter for their sub rosa monitoring of users. It was revealed that every direct message sent by users are reviewed and cached on a server. No matter the message, Twitter employees can and will…

Fixed Gears: The Universal Platform

By Jacob Rivas Since 1817, the bicycle has been an effective means of transportation for many people and has evolved over the centuries. As of 2018, a very popular platform of bikes is the fixed gear.  Fixed gears are single speed bikes that do not flow freely, which means if riders stop pedaling, the wheel…

Gigi’s Declassified OC Politics Survival Guide

By Gigi Hume Disclaimer: This article displays *extreme* liberal bias As a progress-minded kid living in OC where political leanings are as red as the sunburnt cheeks of the white people who live here, I know it can seem like your liberal-leaning self is all alone in a sea of Trumpies. But as the estimated…

Sishir Giri Continues His Coding Crusade

By Kristina Ching Not many 16 year olds can say they know how to code, and even fewer can say they’ve developed and released an app. Despite the growing number of coding academies and online programs, in-depth knowledge of computer science and coding still remains rare among high school students. Sishir Giri of Tustin High…

2018 Grammys Controversy

By Alec Nunez The Grammy Awards are always a topic of discussion each year, never failing to stir up the pot of controversy. Whether it be questionable speeches or outlandish outfits, the award show always manages to find its way into headlines. This year was no exception. As audiences viewing the event from home eagerly…

Plastic Pollution: It’s Only Getting Worse

By Jair Martinez In the depths of the world’s oceans, marine life is consuming plastic at an alarming rate, and although the impact is not as visible, even coral is submitting to this lethal trend. According to this recent study by The Ocean Cleanup, scientists think they have found the root of this issue, and…

ATA Presents: “Almost, Maine”

By Camille Yost and Golda Fulmer Last week, Advanced Theater Arts presented “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani. According to Dr. Tuin, “Students showed up big in our Little Theater” to support their outstanding performance. The play begins with the Prologue, starring Pete (Jack Gallagher) and Ginette (Eileen Obregon), a couple who have been together for a…

And the New UEFA Champions Are…

By Andres Segura It’s been over a month since the end of the group stages, where famous teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, work hard to be first or second and continue on their way to the finale. Starting on February 13, it’s what soccer fans have been waiting for to officially…

NFL Conference Championship Games Recap

By Ben Rodriguez On Sunday, January 21, the spotlight was on the NFL Conference Championships where four teams duked it out for a place in the Super Bowl to be held on February 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  In the AFC (American Football Conference) game, the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars battled it out…

Almost, Maine is the Main Event

By Golda Fulmer Tustin Tillers, get ready for the upcoming ATA masterpiece in their rendition of the Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani. It’s a play comprised of tales of unrequited love and loss within a small town Almost, Maine. “It’s a realistic romantic comedy with unexpected love from unexpected people and [underlying] symbolism,” senior…

100 Wins for Coach Gocke

By Tori De La Vega Upon securing a win against Pacifica Mariners on Tuesday, January 16, the Girls Basketball team head coach, Claire Gocke, reached a milestone record of one hundred wins throughout her six years of coaching while drastically changing the direction of the program. Under her coaching expertise, she managed to change the…

Churroholic

By Eean Garcia A new late night snack has arrived! Churroholic is a relatively new dessert destination that makes most of its desserts from, of course, churros. Since this was my first time trying Churroholic, I tried one of their most popular items which was a Churro Sundae,, which costs around $8. Although this may seem…

The Last Jedi Review

By Camille Yost It was no surprise that it only took two weeks for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to become the highest-grossing film of 2017. The forty-year-old franchise brought in approximately $1.265 billion, on par with The Force Awakens that brought in $2.066 billion. Although it was a huge hit with the critics, the fans were…

NFL Playoff Divisional Round Recap

By Benjamin Rodriguez After a standard wildcard round with no big surprises, the NFL divisional matchups focused on the battles between Eagles and Falcons, Titans and Patriots, Jaguars and Steelers, and Vikings and Saints with some being blowouts and others nail-biters. Final Eagles : 15 Falcons: 10 The Eagles versus the Falcons was a defensive…

GoPro’s Big Flop

By Kyle Jennejohn At the end of October 2016, GoPro released the GoPro Karma Quadcopter that includes the GoPro Hero 6 mounted onto it and is currently priced at $999.99—half of which is to pay for the Hero 6 that is included. The drone goes approximately forty miles per hour while in sport mode and…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

By Jair Martinez Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a sequel to, but not a remake of, the agreeable 1995 Jumanji starring Robin Williams and a young Kirsten Dunst—an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s sensational 1981 book. In the 1995 movie, players of the mysterious board game Jumanji found their reality invaded by sundry animal,…

What Are You?

“What Are You?” By Tori De La Vega It’s the question we’ve all asked our peers: “What are you?” The question—such a simple question, we’ve all asked or been asked. As a mixed-race female, this question has been asked to me multiple times and at times I have been taken by surprise due to its…

Today’s Teacher Crisis

By Alec Nunez This last Tuesday, a Louisiana teacher was arrested for her impedance on a school board meeting when she proposed a question about wages. This question stemmed from a frustrating lack of understanding as to why the superintendent was receiving an increase in pay to fatten his wallet while other educators and support…

A Juicy Story

By Eean Garcia A two-day juice cleanse. Nothing but juice for a full 48 hours. Maybe a handful of plain almonds if you get desperate but otherwise, no solid food. The reason? A juice cleanse is a way to reset your digestive system while flooding it with the living enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients that your body…

Star Wars Battlefront II Crisis

By Andrew De Haro The recent release of Star Wars Battlefront 2 has left people to hate on the game and company EA. You’ve heard the news: after a widespread fan backlash over pay-to-win elements in Star Wars Battlefront 2 and what feels like a little push from Disney, EA and DICE are scrambling. In…

2084: The Fetus Market

By Frank Remele It was not my intention to lure you into clicking on the article through use of a provocative title that makes the hair on the back of your neck crawl. Nor was it my intention to call for immediate legislation out of moral sanctitude drawn from what may be primal instincts to…