The independent student media site of West Linn High School

wlhsNOW

The independent student media site of West Linn High School

wlhsNOW

The independent student media site of West Linn High School

wlhsNOW

Makayla DeFrancisco

Makayla DeFrancisco, Staff Writer

Makayla DeFrancisco, senior, has always had a special passion for writing. 

Throughout high school, DeFrancisco has taken Creative Writing One, both AP English classes and now Journalism One. She has always been that person who loves writing assignments and speaking her otherwise quiet voice on paper. That’s a huge reason why DeFrancisco decided to join the wlhsNOW journalism team.

“I wanted to not only expand my writing skills, but also get that team aspect that I hadn’t had the chance to get until now,” DeFrancisco said. 

Outside of her passion for writing, you can find DeFrancisco spending time with friends, listening to music or binge watching one of her favorite Netflix shows. DeFrancisco is also likely to be reading, another one of her passions. She’s currently immersed in thoughts about the future as well. 

Surprisingly, journalism isn’t her future career of choice. She’s still exploring major options. “It’s tough to find a major when you haven’t had a clear end point that many have had for years,” DeFrancisco said. 

Despite it not being a future career, DeFrancisco is still excited to be able to write stories for someone that isn’t herself or one of her teachers. “If I can actually get a couple of stories in the newspaper, it’ll be so thrilling to see my name in print,” DeFrancisco said. 

As someone who primarily writes fiction, she is looking forward to being able to write real stories about her school and world. 

DeFrancisco is excited to have the opportunity to not only share her own voice, but the voice of others who are not often heard.

All content by Makayla DeFrancisco

Dreams of nursing and childhood stories

December 12, 2019

I sat down with my mom, Melissa, for a StoryCorps interview about her childhood dreams of nursing, how important family is in her life (see 0:22-0:58), and what she wishes she could tell her younger self. StoryCorps...

VISIT US. Deep within West Linn, is a neighborhood called  Bolton. There are businesses and shops to explore in Central Village, parks to play at and a library filled with passionate librarians. The librarians voiced why they enjoy this location specifically. “I like it because it’s close to my home and I walk here every day,” Jan, one of the librarians said. There were people filtering in and out of businesses, slid down slides and checked out a brand new book. Community members were spending time in the Bolton neighborhood no matter what the weather brought.

[Photo]

VISIT US. Deep within West Linn, is a neighborhood called Bolton. There are businesses and shops to explore in Central Village, parks to play at and a library filled with passionate librarians. The librarians...

COME ON IN. Bolton Primary School is located next to Hammerle Park. It is a school that holds hundreds of kids ranging from pre-K to fifth grade. The colorful sign greets students as you come into the school, welcoming you into the building. The school was empty and silent, the building was free from the sound of kids who usually played, learned and explored here.

[Photo]

COME ON IN. Bolton Primary School is located next to Hammerle Park. It is a school that holds hundreds of kids ranging from pre-K to fifth grade. The colorful sign greets students as you come into the...

EXPLORE. The Bolton area has multiple places to view and read plaques containing information about our area and the people who have, or still do live here. This special plaque, in particular, sits in Hammerle Park below its accompanying bench. The metal plate sat peacefully, alone among the leaves and pebbles that surrounded it on the park ground. It was available for anyone to stop and investigate.

[Photo]

EXPLORE. The Bolton area has multiple places to view and read plaques containing information about our area and the people who have, or still do live here. This special plaque, in particular, sits in Hammerle...

PLAY HERE. Hammerle Park in the Bolton neighborhood has lots of features to enjoy. You can find two play structures, two swing sets, and a splash pad among the many other aspects of the park. The leaves were swirling around in the wind, as they passed over the empty space. The only sound was the passing cars on Willamette Drive.

[Photo]

PLAY HERE. Hammerle Park in the Bolton neighborhood has lots of features to enjoy. You can find two play structures, two swing sets, and a splash pad among the many other aspects of the park. The leaves...

CHECK IT OUT. The Library is in the Bolton area boasting “a wide variety of materials and programs.” according to the Library website.  The Library contains two levels filled with places to sit, frequent events for all ages and librarians who were ready to help. In the Library, the quiet was often interrupted by kids who played downstairs or teens who laughed with their friends after school. The building was never entirely silent and always filled with activity.

[Photo]

CHECK IT OUT. The Library is in the Bolton area boasting “a wide variety of materials and programs.” according to the Library website. The Library contains two levels filled with places to sit, frequent...

Kids and teens had the opportunity to participate in a variety of Harry Potter related classes and activities.

Harry Potter day returns to West Linn Library

September 20, 2019

Harry Potter fans have the chance to congregate at an event hosted by the West Linn Library and the McLean House on River Street. The event, known as Harry Potter Day, will take place on Sept. 25, for...

Load More Stories
Activate Search
Makayla DeFrancisco