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It’s all in the name

photo by Kim Freitas

photo by Kim Freitas

Alexandra Kube, Staff Writer

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The name ‘Blair’ evokes an assembly line of thoughts for GP students. First, the thought of Mr. Blair comes to mind, the well-loved and infamously sarcastic history teacher.

This is followed by the memory of his son Baylor Blair’s time at Glacier Peak as 2016 Homecoming King and a proud band geek. Then one’s mind wanders to The Blair Witch Project, then Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, finally landing on Katie Blair, daughter of Mr. Blair and sister of Baylor. Or at least this is what Katie believes.

“Baylor was the king of the nerds. Every day I carry the same textbooks he once did, as well as the burden of his legacy.”

For the first 17 years of her life, Katie was devoted to hiding beneath the layers of self-hate and sweatshirts, bracing herself for the cold of her brother’s shadow.

“People always compare me to my family, and it’s just something I have to live with.”

She considers herself maimed by her last name, as well as her One Direction obsession in middle school (unrelated, but equally as upsetting for all involved).  Yet, her peers have learned to look past the ‘Blair’, and instead focus on the ‘Katie.’

Hiding her face in her Harry Styles hoodie, she couldn’t see how others grew to love her staccato laugh and comforting demeanor. She was welcoming to all except for herself, and the students decided it was time to return the favor. Katie was the only person surprised when it was announced that she was voted onto homecoming royalty court.

While she may not be the king of nerds, at the very least she is a princess. And her reign is only just beginning.

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  1. Sara Blair on December 6th, 2018 2:47 pm

    Bob, aka Mr./coach Blair, and I are so blessed to have had the pleasure of being Katie’s parents. She is not only my daughter but my friend and the most fun date and coolest kid ever. As she has grown into her own and become such an honest, generous, humble and kind young lady it is a wonder to watch. She has her dad’s sarcastic sense of humor, is growing her confidence. I already miss her and she hasn’t even left for college yet! The world is most definitely a better place with Katie! And she still let’s me in her bubble for a hug until it gets awkward, which is way to quick in my mom opinion! I love you more my Katie bird!

  2. william wilkes on December 6th, 2018 3:03 pm

    Our Beautiful grand daughter really needs no shadow to fall under;
    she is her own woman, and nothing can take away from that…..
    love you Katie
    Grampa Bill

  3. Margaret Wilkes on December 6th, 2018 3:08 pm

    Katie is the light of my life. She is a wonderful, careing and loving person who has no reason to feel that she is not her own person and not in the shadow of other family members. I have always said she will go places that she never expected because she is also a determined person. I love you Katie and continue to excell in all you do. You are the best.
    Grandma Marge

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