Baker Senior, Haley Wagner, Named Taylor Haugen Trophy Winner

Haley Wagner, a two-sport senior athlete at Baker School, has been named the 2013 Taylor Haugen Trophy winner.  A surprised Wagner received the award in front of the entire school on Monday afternoon.

The Taylor Haugen Trophy and a $1,000 award are offered in the memory of Taylor Reid Haugen, Class of 2011. It is awarded each winter in conjunction with the All Sports Association at the annual All Sports Association FCA breakfast. Taylor was a member of the Niceville Eagles Football and Wrestling Teams as well as being an Honor Student at Niceville High School. He was comfortably expressive about his faith in God and showed it through his commitment to volunteer work in his church and community. The Trophy is awarded to an area athlete who best demonstrates a similar balance between academics, athleticism, leadership, community service and faith. The Foundation hopes to recognize those well-rounded individuals who demonstrate the perseverance to improve themselves in all aspects of their life while enjoying God’s gifts to the fullest.

“It’s a really hard choice every year,” said Brain Haugen.  “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 is very difficult picking just one because any one of them could have won.  But Haley definitely stood out.”

Eligibility Requirements for the award include:

  • Must be a senior at an Okaloosa, Santa Rosa or Walton county high school;
  • Must be an athlete who has participated in a high school sport;
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average (unweighted);
  • Must be an active participant in community service; and
  • Students must be nominated by their team coach.

“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 and 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, is pretty unbelievable.”

Ranked number one in her class, Wagner has a weighted GPA of 4.56. She is the team captain of both of Baker School’s state semifinalist volleyball and basketball teams and serves at the President of the BETA Honor Society, President of Mu Alpha Theta, Chairman of the Gifted and Talented Program, and Treasurer of the Student Government Association.  With over 306 community service hours, she has been active in the community as a Vacation Bible School teacher, Children’s Camp Counselor, Children’s Choir assistant teacher, Children’s Church worship leader, and Youth League Basketball and Volleyball coach.

Wagner was also named a 2012-2013 All Sports Scholastic Award Female Finalist, a NWF Daily News Volleyball Athlete of the Week, First Team All-Area for Volleyball, 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman School Winner, Senior Class Who’s Who, and Senior Class Most Athletic Female.

The Taylor Haugen trophy will be awarded to Wagner on February 8, 2013 at the All Sports Association’s annual FCA Breakfast.

Haley’s parents, Brian and Lori Wagner, both teach at Baker School. 

For more information on the Taylor Haugen Trophy Award and Taylor Haugen Foundation, visit http://taylorhaugen.org/.

Pictured above: Brian Haugen, Haley Wagner, Kathy Haugen, and Caisson Vickery, the first recipient of the Trophy.