Baker's Wagner named winner of Taylor Haugen trophy

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

Wagner and the other nominees were interviewed in person and by phone, and they also had to submit lengthy applications.

The decision-making also includes all four former winners of the trophy, all of whom are lifetime voters for the annual winner. Caise Vickery, the award’s first recipient, was integral in interviewing Wagner for the award and he was on hand Monday for Wagner’s announcement.

“Haley stood out in the interview process simply because she came across as so loving, so genuine in wanting to serve other people,” said Vickery. “I never met Taylor Haugen, but everything I’ve ever heard about him tells me how much helping other people meant to him. And Haley fits right in with that concept.”

On track to serve as Baker’s 2013 valedictorian, Wagner currently leads her class with a weighted GPA of 4.65. She has also been active in multiple extracurricular activities, many of which are designed to positively impact the lives of children. In her off time, she serves as a StudentLife for Kids counselor, a children’s church worship leader and a teacher at her church’s vacation bible school.

For Wagner, the chance to be honored with a trophy that celebrates the characteristics of Taylor Haugen was overwhelming.

“I really don’t have the words to describe how much of an honor this is,” said Wagner. “It means a lot to me as well as my family. To me, there’s no greater honor in this area for a high school senior than this award. When you think of the criteria involved, what it takes to get nominated … . To be seen as someone that fits all of those criteria in the same way that Taylor Haugen did, it’s pretty unbelievable.”

Now unveiled as the 2013 winner, Wagner will receive the Haugen Trophy at the All Sports Association’s annual FCA breakfast, where an estimated 1,500 students will be on hand. The breakfast is scheduled for Feb. 8.

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