This year’s Taylor Haugen Trophy winner is Eric Trapp, a senior at Niceville High School. Eric’s primary sport is football — he played all four years of high school and was team captain his senior year. Eric grew up in Niceville. He started playing football at age seven in the Panhandle Youth Football Association.
Eric serves his community in a variety of ways. He served as a student ministry assistant at Crosspoint Church in Niceville, working primarily with 5th grade boys. In his junior year of high school, he worked with Hope Squad, an organization striving to help those who struggle with anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
Eric serves this school year as Student Government President at Niceville High School. He works with the Principal and student leaders to provide the best possible learning environment for all students.
Eric says the primary lesson he learned from Taylor Haugen’s inspiring life is to never give up. Eric applied that lesson to his own life in his freshman year when he developed anxiety.He changed from a cheerful, outgoing young man to a quiet and sullen individual. His internal battle with anxiety made academics and sports difficult.
Eric overcame his anxiety through changes to his diet, counseling, and prayer. Today, Eric is fully recovered from the anxiety that made his early years of high school so difficult. Eric wants to use his story to educate others and to inspire hope for those who have lost sight of the future.As for his own future, Eric hopes to attend Vanderbilt University or the University of Florida. He plans to study biology with the goal of becoming a physician. All Sports proudly recognizes Eric Trapp as this year’s Taylor Haugen Trophy winner.