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…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

OC Based Escapades

By Alena Tran California is one of the largest tourist hotspots in the United States. It’s easy to take it for granted, as silver linings are easily missed amongst any clouds. Admittedly, as high school students, a lot of what we can do is limited. There are certain restrictions to our freedom, but that doesn’t…

Movie Review: Minority Report

By Jason Aquino Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg, features an interesting sci-fi crime and justice plot. The cast features a plethora of skilled actors including Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, and Max von Sydow. It is filled with action packed sequences, some tearful moments, and a number of intense twists that will keep you guessing…

A Gift of Life

By Alena Tran Every blood drive serves as a call of action. Although there are those who cannot donate for whatever health reasons, there are also many of us who are perfectly capable. An estimation of 38% people in the U.S. are eligible to donate blood, but out of this number, only 10% of them…

Dino Dash 2k16

By James Cruz and Edwin Contreras Orange County holds its 26th annual marathon on Sunday, November 6: Dino Dash. The Tustin Unified School District “envisions a great education for every student in the Tustin Unified School District (TUSD)”since 1989. Dino Dash is the exciting and anticipated fun run of the year. Dino Dash offers for…

Samsung “Blows” Away the Competition

By Antonio Nuñez and Tino Hernandez The Samsung company has been the center of attention the past few months due to their most recent product, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Reportedly, this mobile device is dangerous and deadly. The new line of phones have supposedly been catching on fire and in extreme cases, blowing up. Approximately…

Changing Your Attitudes Since 1956

By Emily Crowl “We are the people our parents warned us about.” Jimmy Buffett fans, I raise my glass of Martinelli’s to you. It was definitely “5 O’Clock Somewhere” as fans took a trip down to “Margaritaville” and partied Saturday night at the last real concert at Irvine Meadows. All the hype leading up to…

18

By James Cruz I’m 18. “I wish I could tell you that I know it all,” I screamed to my mom multiple times—this time—last year, but the reality is I don`t know anything. Of course I have realized more things about myself and others over the course of this year, and that has led me…

The Autumn Dream Colors

By James Cruz It is time and finally here, where the the fall kills summer with the softest kiss and transforms everything into a golden, warm bowl of spice and everything nice. Everyone is feeling the autumnal vibe as the days start to get shorter, and the breeze starts kicking in; pops of rusty orange,…

“Get-Down” to this New Netflix Original Series

By Galilea Oregon “The Get-Down,”is a new Netflix Original Series directed by Baz Luhrmann, director of “The Great Gatsby” and 1992 “Romeo and Juliet”. Released on August 12, 2016, “The Get-Down” is a messy perfect concoction of music, dance, and lively colors that are the reminiscence of youth in the Bronx splattered with drug and…

The Origins of Banda

By Antonio Nuñez and Tino Hernandez Music has a huge variety of genres and includes a numerous amount of stars and singing sensations, but without a doubt one of the most popular and recognized genres is the Mexican Banda. Banda is a type of brass-based and traditional form of Mexican music that is consisted of a…

Be Tough, Don’t Puff

By Ben Rodriguez and Alena Tran DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE IN NO WAY PROMOTES THE USE OF DRUGS Marijuana use has relatively decreased among high school students in the last five years. However, the nonchalant attitudes towards marijuana have become more prevalent. There is a contrast between how older generations discussed drug use to this generation now….

Santa Ana’s Art Walk

By Ivette Barajas, Alena Tran, and Kimberly Aguilar Discourse concerning the city of Santa Ana is usually negative, especially at Tustin High. For whatever reason, there are a good amount of people who look down on it. After all, it’s easy to dismiss a place you haven’t really integrated yourself in or explored. But despite…

Club Overview: T.I.D.E.S.

By Camille Yost and Johnathon Froman With Club Rush behind us, you might have noticed many students signing up at the TIDES club stand. In its second year, the TIDES club has grown into a reputable center for community service, in great part due to the efforts of the club members and leadership. TIDES stands…

The Kaine-Pence Show

By Ivette Barajas and Karimar Gatica The first vice Presidential debate took place this past Sunday, October 4, at Longwood University in Virginia. This debate scored some major points for Republican nominee Donald Trump. In contrast to Trump’s performance at the first presidential debate, Mike Pence was able to remain calm and collective, impressing much of…

Metal Mouth

By Antonio Nunez and Cristobal Segura As many students at Tustin High know, there are a lot of kids with braces. Braces can be a huge struggle in a child’s life, and may lead to either positive or negative implications. One of the biggest influences braces have on an individual’s life is their eating habits. We…

Put a Twist in Your Day

By Kimberly Ayon Thriller rides: every adrenaline junkie’s guilty pleasure. However, though rare, there could be technical difficulties in the works. As you get on a thriller coaster, one is taking the gamble of facing many risks. But once secured in the ride, the excitement kicks in. Many people look forward to sharing the thrill…

Tiller Days: The Tradition Continues

By Zachary Apperson The neon lights illuminated the straw floor, allowing a spectrum of vivid colors to cast a luster along the fairgrounds. The metal contraptions of coasters reflected a certain kind of radiance while gyrating, rotating, twisting and whirling groups of families, children, and young couples alike, whose shrieks and squeals of elation made…

Teacher Profile: Mr. Maldonado

By Johnathon Froman Recently at Tustin High, we’ve had a great deal of new teachers rushing in to handle our ever-increasing student body. One certain new addition to the history and AVID departments goes by the name of Max Maldonado. In his first year of full-time teaching, Mr. Maldonado guides his students through his US…

Teacher Profile: Ms. Kranz

By Anthony Zuniga Coral Kranz is one of the many new teachers here at THS.  Ms. Kranz moved here to THS because she lives near the school and she loves the new technology.  The transition from Chino to Tustin was very easy.  The students and staff here gave a warm welcome for Ms. Kranz and…

Memory Erasure

By Bryan Garcia There is no doubt that memory plays a significant role in our lives. Without the ability of memory, we cannot do simple everyday tasks like riding a bike, solving a mathematical problem, or making a sandwich. If our memory loss is so severe, we may not even recognize who we are. Memory…

Extinction Level Event, No Worries Right?

By Jair Martinez We have all heard about it before, the phenomenon that puts every living thing, especially us, in danger. It’s the reason why sea levels are rising, animals are being put in danger, and why, very soon, it could put most of the coastal areas under water. Whether we notice or not, we…

iPhone 7 Controversy

By Camille Yost and Kim Ayon To all the Apple users out there, if you’re bored of your iPhone 6 or 6s, you’re in luck because the iPhone 7 and 7 plus have been released and they are said to be the best iPhones Apple has ever created. The iPhone 7 and 7 plus come…