Baker's Wagner named winner of Taylor Haugen trophy

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM.

“It’s a really hard choice every year,” said Brian Haugen, Taylor’s father. “The schools have really picked up on the traits that we are looking for. It seems like every year, the nominees get stronger and stronger. It’s very difficult picking just one because any of them could have won. But Haley definitely stood out.”

Kathy Haugen, Taylor’s mother, echoed her husband’s sentiments.

“There’s always that one every year that seems to stand out,” said Kathy Haugen. “The biggest thing for me is her love for children. She is very involved with children at her church, at her school . … That was very much a characteristic of my son.

“Every winner that we’ve chosen … it seems like all of them have a little piece of Taylor in them.”

Baker’s afternoon assembly Monday was the vehicle used to announce Wagner’s Haugen Trophy win. Once Hamilton made the announcement, the curtain in Baker’s auditorium was pulled back to reveal the Haugen Trophy, along with several All Sports dignitaries and Haugen’s parents. In the audience were Wagner’s family, including her parents, brother and grandparents.

“Other than FCA, this award is really the only true recognition for the Christian athlete in this area,” said Brian Wagner, Haley’s father. “It means a lot to Haley and our family. And it means so much really because of what Taylor Haugen stood for.”

Wagner, the team captain of both Baker’s state semifinalist volleyball team and basketball team, earned the Haugen Trophy recommendation after enduring an extensive process. Each school in the Northwest Florida Daily News readership area is encouraged to nominate a senior who best fits the Haugen Trophy profile, and this year 11 nominees were put forth.

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