Katy Lafen


Name: Katy Lafen
Position: Print Managing Features Editor
Graduation Year: 2006
Katy Lafen loves the Beatles, the Rutles and Spinal Tap.


Stories (11)


A perilous journey, a will to survive

By Katy Lafen | April 6, 2006, midnight

When armed assassins were spotted waiting for her husband at the end of the street with guns concealed beneath their robes, she knew it was time to leave.

SIM-ply obsessed

By Katy Lafen | March 2, 2006, midnight

To her horror, pop star Britney Spears opened her front door to discover a social worker with a warrant in hand, waiting to take her neglected newborn baby into custody. Yet despite evidence in the media that suggests otherwise, this incident was not Spears's fault - it was sophomore Ixchel Montenegro's.

A clash of clothes and convictions

By Katy Lafen | Dec. 15, 2005, midnight

The round, innocent eye of the Playboy bunny was the first thing junior Rosaura West noticed about the shirt her friend gave her as a gift three years ago. She also liked the way the stark black outline of the rabbit's head contrasted with the tank top's light color. And, she says, "bunnies are cute."

Life in Technicolor

By Katy Lafen | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight

When former Blair student Lucy Samuel finishes a hard workout at the gym, her muscles don't just feel sore — they feel orange. They feel like an arrangement of dull, pumpkin-colored streaks, to be exact.

Teens on a mission to spread faith

By Katy Lafen | Oct. 7, 2005, midnight

Freshman David Cano remembers seeing Hakim emerge from the bustling crowds of the Indonesian marketplace and timidly approach the outskirts of the tent. His shorts were ragged and his shirt was dusty from clouds of dirt kicked up by a passing cattle herd. Nervous and hot, Cano wiped a bead of sweat from his brow and approached the boy with a flyer from his church in hand.

Pledging allegiance to two flags

By Katy Lafen | June 1, 2005, midnight

"I hereby declare that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign state or sovereignty of which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen."

The Intel Experience

By Katy Lafen | April 14, 2005, midnight

Senior Abby Fraeman was a little annoyed when she saw the unfamiliar phone number appear on her cell phone — she was rushing from dinner to fencing practice and assumed it was a wrong number. She answered anyway and listened in disbelief to the person on the other line. When she hung up, she turned to her father and screamed out the news. "I'm an Intel finalist!"

Student education lost in translation

By Katy Lafen | Feb. 16, 2005, midnight | In Features »

When senior Jose Kafie lived in El Salvador, his parents were actively involved in his education. They hosted a parent reunion, met with his teachers regularly and made time to talk with Kafie about school. However, once his family moved to Silver Spring in search of more opportunities, everything changed.

Student education lost in translation

By Katy Lafen | Feb. 4, 2005, midnight

When senior Jose Kafie lived in El Salvador, his parents were actively involved in his education. They hosted a parent reunion, met with his teachers regularly and made time to talk with Kafie about school. However, once his family moved to Silver Spring in search of more opportunities, everything changed.

Parenting: all work, no play

By Katy Lafen | Dec. 19, 2004, midnight

Junior Chauncea Carothers loves to dance. She adores the excitement of being onstage, the queasy feeling of butterflies in her stomach and the sound of applause ringing in her ears. But during the weekend of Nov. 20, Carothers missed her first dance rehearsal in a year—for 48 hours; she had a baby to look after.

¿Ché Pasa? The Resurrection of Ché Guevara

By Katy Lafen | Nov. 11, 2004, midnight

He has made public appearances with rappers Missy Elliot and Jay-Z and escorted supermodel Gisele Bundchen down the runway in a bikini fashion show. The band Rage Against the Machine uses his image every chance it gets: on posters, album covers and band clothing. His experiences from his famous motorcycle trip throughout South America have recently been made into a motion picture playing in theaters across America. And he can be spotted making his way down Blair Boulevard every day. Ché fever is spreading.