The Killing of a Sacred Deer

By Alec Nunez After the acclaimed success of director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (2015), 2017 brings audiences his latest work, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Following Yorgos’ style of dark and twisted stories, this film follows Steven, a charismatic cardiovascular surgeon, who takes a fatherless teenage boy, Martin,  under his wing after he intrudes…

Top Well-Known Songs with a Deeper Meaning

By Golda Fulmer There are many renowned songs that seem hunky-dory when played and are great for singing along to. Most of the time, true meanings are only discovered through the thorough listening of the song, focused reading of the lyrics, and even intense investigation of the band and references. One of the most notorious…

Shape, Sound, Color: Solange

By Chloe Maddox A year ago this week, Solange released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table. On the surface, it sounds like funky, dream-like R&B. However, the album deals with the misconceptions, and fallacies associated with African-Americans. With spoken notes, the album is both personal and impactful.  I was fortunate enough to…

Cinematic Camera Work

By Jair Martinez Camera work is one of the most important parts of creating a movie. Directors use different types of camera angles to show emotion, setting, point out certain characters, and to show the tension between characters—not to mention that noticeably sloppy camera work can potentially ruin a film. But it’s easy to make…

Varsity Girls Volley Reigns Victorious Against Valencia

By Gigi Hume Thus far, Varsity Girls Volleyball has been kicking a** and taking names in their 2017 season with a now 11-5 record after yesterday’s 3-0 win against the Valencia Tigers. Before the Varsity showdown, Frosh/Soph set a positive precedent with a 2-1 win, losing their first set 24-26, but making a strong comeback…

Consilience of Science and Philosophy

By Frank Remele The intersection between conventional science and philosophy is a topic not nearly addressed to the extent it must be. Ideally, the discussion would take place voluntarily across all academic disciplines, in which we would have our Stephen Hawking’s cordially conversing with our Bertrand Russell’s. Contemporary discussions regarding science and philosophy, however, are…

Welcome Back to School

By Camille Yost Students are starting to get comfortable in their daily class schedules as we approach the four-week mark in our 2017 to 2018 school year. On Tuesday, September 19, Tustin High School will welcome parents to Back to School Night. This gives parents an opportunity to get to know the student’s teachers and…

Class of 2017 Glow Ups

By Karley Bailey and Nayeli Medina Wednesday morning, the last day of May, as I was walking to my first period class, I closely examined the familiar off-white walls of Tustin High. Only four years ago, these same monotonous walls had daunted me as I walked the same path to my fourth period freshmen biology…

Mr. Williamson Followup

By Gigi Hume Over a week ago, our beloved teacher Mr. Williamson passed away leaving behind a wife, two year old son, and hundreds of others whom he coached, taught, and supported during his time  on this Earth. Just in that one week window, the Thank You Mr. Williamson Facebook Page and iTHSMedia’s Google Form…

Thoughts on Feminism

By Ivette Barajas and Alena Tran First and second wave feminist movements are largely characterized by the right to vote, the right to equal pay, and sexual liberation. This integral beginning provided the platform for third wave feminism, which tends to be associated with more intersectionality and a reclamation and redefining of concepts such as…

Hack Your Way to Prom

By Kristina Ching As a 5’-nothing girl with a chest flatter than some 10 year olds, and shoulders and arms that usually force me to wear tee-shirts from the guys’ section, I haven’t had the best experiences looking for formal dresses. Windsor is the stereotypical prom go-to. With racks and racks of tulle, taffeta, satin,…

#ThankYouMrWilliamson

By Gigi Hume and Galilea Oregon Yesterday afternoon felt just like a normal day, all up until whispers in the hallways and muffled tears spoke for themselves—Ian Williamson, former Utt Middle School eighth grade Physical Science, STEM teacher, Cross Country coach, and most recently Tustin High School Human Anatomy and Physiology teacher passed away after…

The Recent Evolution of DC and Marvel

By Jason Aquino Comic books have been on the rise in popularity in recent years. We’ve gone from having a decent comic book movie every few years to having three or more appearances from the Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, and Batman every few months. Just last year, we got six comic book movies from both…

Lights, Camera, and Action for 22 THS Students

By Jacob Rivas On May 5, 2017, Mrs. Markley took 22 of her Advanced Theatre Arts students to see a Broadway show at Segerstrom Center for Arts. The show was called “An American In Paris,” which Mrs. Markley described  as, “A colorful and fun take on comedic plays.” She personally enjoys Broadway shows, so she…

Principal Debriefing

By Zachary Apperson This upcoming school year, we’ll have to say farewell to Mrs. Matos and applaud her on her new position as Director of Educational Services, at the Tustin Unified School District Administration Center. Replacing her is Dr. Tuin, with over 30 years of experience in education. He served eight of those years as…

You Are Not Alone

  By Yaire Alfaro There are others who have gone through the same situation as you. You are not alone. Sexual assault is a major issue in the United States. In fact, nearly every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, a statistic which includes all ages and all genders. The thing about sexual assault…

Boy’s Lacrosse Senior Night

By Benjamin Rodriguez On Monday, May 1, Boys Lacrosse celebrated their seniors in their final game as Tillers. The honored players were Blake Stading (#21), Ernesto Campos (#14), Noah Sharpe (#4), Derek Weaver (#13), Reggie Parchman (#27), Andrew Menjivar (#30), Eduardo Cisneros (#25), and Christopher Aponte (#28). After the pregame festivities, the Tillers battled with…

Link Crew

By Camille Yost and Cristobal Segura Students who have been selected for Link Crew are viewed as people who have potential in becoming an exceptional role model. Although the program is not mandatory, it looks great on college applications and it’s an opportunity that should not be passed down. Link Crew is a leadership program…

The Road Ahead

By Yaire Alfaro and Alena Tran Tustin High’s Class of 2017 is set to graduate on Wednesday, June 14. With only one month and 16 days left on the calendar, graduation looms near, evoking an array of feelings scrambled within an apprehensive senior’s mind. Perhaps, some of the senior class do not care about leaving,…

That’s a Wrap For Girl’s LAX

By Gigi Hume Picture by Ben Rodriguez This past week the Tiller Girls Lacrosse Team experienced both ends of the win-loss spectrum in their home games against El Toro and Rosary. On Monday, April 24, after an hour and 20 minute delay due to a mix up in time, the Tiller Girls played one 12…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…