Haley Wagner wins Haugen Trophy

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 05:15 PM.

On Monday, Haugen’s parents were in Baker to welcome the fifth member of the Haugen Trophy family.

“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 chil-dren. 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 digni-taries 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.”

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