Tustin’s High Drama Production presents: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Kyle Arbiola and Merlin Montes Months after their successful show, “Hamlet Thrill-mageddon, Coming Soon to a Little Theater Near You,” Tustin High’s drama class presents,”Date Night: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” The drama class, led by Ms. Markley, performed the play from April 26 through the 28 with a showtime of 7:30…

What is Success?

By Camille Yost Throughout the years of our schooling, teachers and staff are always encouraging students to “become successful.” Many students are unsure of what this means since there are so many different interpretations of what success is—it can range from financial success to finding happiness through a career. Two of the most successful people…

18 Years Since Columbine

By Ivette Barajas and Anthony Zuniga 18 years ago today, as most Americans were waking up and following their usual routine for school or work, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were preparing for what would come to be known as the worst school shooting in history, and the first of their time. On April 20,…

Better Than Sega

By Gigi Hume and Ben Rodriguez On Tuesday, April 18, Tustin Girl’s Lacrosse came back strong after spring break and a tough 4-12 loss to El Toro, ready to Tiller Up against the Segerstrom Jaguars. Hungry for redemption, the team’s hard work paid off, as they beat the Jaguars 11-7. The team immediately started off…

Cuckoo for Cuco

By Galilea Oregon Are you a fan of soothing, mellow music similar to the likings of Mac Demarco and Kali Uchis? If so, you will definitely enjoy listening to 18 year-old Chicano solo artist and producer Cuco based in Hawthorne, California. In his Bandcamp profile, he describes himself as a “Los Angeles based artist making…

A Look Into a Geek’s Mind

By Jair Martinez A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away The Doctor arrived to the planet Vulcan in his TARDIS, only to realize that it was on the verge of imploding in itself. The Green Lantern Corps arrived to see if they could help but the Doctor knew it was hopeless. “This…

Two L’s Make a W for Tustin Girls Lacrosse

By Gigi Hume On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, after long losing streaks, the Tiller Girls Lacrosse team proved triumphant in hard-fought battles for the coveted “dubya.” The team culminated a successful streak with an 9-6 win over Rosary Academy on their turf with one shot by Sophomore Jazmin Martinez, one by Sophomore Jasmine Candias, two…

Black Mirror – The Dark Side of Technology

By Jason Aquino Humans have relied on technology to help them throughout history, but within the future of technology, uncertainty lies. Everyday, science fiction’s technology has come closer and closer to reality and has always been considered progressive. Black Mirror, a television show on BBC, deviates from other sci-fi shows by depicting the possible dangers…

A Tale As Old As Time

By Camille Yost Disney’s animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” was transformed into a live action film that released on March 17, 2017. This film, rated a 7.9/10 on IMDB, has hauled in 462 million dollars worldwide. “Beauty and the Beast” has surpassed the 201 million brought in by the live action “Cinderella”, released in…

Vandal on the Loose

By Kyle Arbiola, Antonio Nunez, and Tino Hernandez Two weeks ago, early-rising zero period students on campus were presented with an eye catching surprise—unidentified vandals defaced walls on campus property. This consisted of inappropriate, graphic images which were showcased throughout various walls surrounding our school. These images were seen graffitied on the English buildings and…

RACC Fair – A Junior Perspective

By Melanie Mercado and Tanya Soto Class of 2018 Tanya: When our Editor-in-Chief assigned me this article about the college fair, I internally rolled my eyes. Why? Well I usually lack enthusiasm involving any school-related activities, but it was an assignment, so be it. I had to walk around the plaza (in the heat) and…

RACC Fair – A Freshman Perspective

By Ernestino Hernandez Class of 2020 An amazing opportunity was given to freshmen through seniors on Wednesday, March 15. All Tustin High students went to a double assembly. We were curious about what the college fair would be or look like. Present for the second assembly with other young students in the new gym, we…

RACC Fair – A Sophomore Perspective

By Galilea Oregon and Gigi Hume Class of 2019 Okay, we know you’re probably thinking about more “productive” things to do than read this letter such as a) play Tetris, b) do the homework you forgot about last night, or c) scroll through Instagram with your phone under the desk so that your CCR teacher…

RACC College Fair – A Senior Perspective

By Karley Bailey Class of 2017 I walked into school five minutes late on a Wednesday morning with my eyebrows in a furrow and my eyes dreary from a mixture of sleep deprivation and crying the night before. I had gotten three hours of sleep because I worked a late shift and still half-attempted to…

The Weapon That Will End This Unsanitary War

By Jair Martinez In this school alone there is an army of 34,108 pieces of gum stuck on the cement. This is a war that our custodians cannot wage without a trusty weapon. On February 22, 2017 Tustin High School’s InvenTeam presented their idea of a powerful gum-removal machine that will aid our hard-working custodians…

Tustin Teens in Action

By Camille Yost Tustin Teens in Action is a community service group that encourages middle and high school students to engage with their community. They participate in city events such as Tustin Tiller Days, the Run with a Cop Carnival, and the Easter Egg Hunt. Tustin Teens in Action also volunteers at places like the…

NFL Free Agency

By Benjamin Rodriguez On March 9, the 2017-18 NFL season began, meaning that teams are able to sign free agents and conduct trades. In other words, players end up on new teams or resign with their current team. As of March 9, multiple trade deals have gone down. The New England Patriots made two trades:…

Liberty and Justice For All

By Melanie Mercado and Tanya Soto The United States, in the month of February, held 960,483 undocumented immigrants in custody by ICE officials. In 2013, 83 percent of people deported were not given a hearing before a judge. Due to the lack of rights awareness, the number will increase. Regardless of being undocumented, immigrants do have…

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…

Misunderstood

By Tanya Soto and Adrian Ruiz About 1.56 million people are living on the streets in the United States. People end up with no basic resources and find themselves abandoned on the side of the road—constantly ignored due to adversities such as traumatic events like house fires, job loss, mental health and addictions. Without knowing…

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…

Betsy DeVos Confirmation: Why She’s Stirring Up Controversy

By Gigi Hume and Jacob Rivas DISCLAIMER: This article displays a liberal bias and highlights the negatives of DeVos’ new position.  The opinions in this article do not represent the Pitchfork or Tustin High School as a whole. On February 7, 2017, the Senate confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with a slim 51-50 vote as…

Deceased Body Found Near Freeway in Santa Ana

By Karimar Gatica Orange County Firefighters attended a blazing fire due to reports of smoke near the Discovery Cube by the 2700 block of N. Main street near the 5 freeway around the time 5:45 a.m. The authorities used an electrical saw to cut through the hot bars separating the bursting fire in the large…

Trump’s Executive Order, Banning Travel

By Michael Rodillo After about a week of being the President, President Donald J. Trump has unleashed his executive order of banning seven middle-eastern countries from having the opportunity to get underway their lives in the United States. Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia are all banned to keep out ‘Radical Islamic Terrorists.’…

When Life Gives You Lemons…

By Bryan Garcia, Edwin Contreras, and Jason Aquino Happy – feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. This emotion is so simple to understand, yet many do not have it in their lives. The many obstacles that we face in our lives has taken away what little faith we have in this simple emotion. Examples of…

Forget the False Conception Of Female Perfection

By Galilea Oregon Teenage girls—either the most over romanticized or unacknowledged beings on the face of the Earth. Portrayed in films as either condescending boy-crazy mall rats or self-deprecating overly emotional brats, the average female adolescent cannot relate to over exaggerated characters intended to be “relatable” or “fun and quirky.” However, most of these takes…