Push to serve: Austin senior hopes to join Navy with brother – Austin Daily Herald

Pushed to serve: Austin senior hopes to join the Navy with his brother

Posted at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022

Austin senior Emma Haugen has always found a way to stay busy and now she’s ready to use that work ethic to follow in her older brother’s footsteps.

After her brother Riley joined the Naval Academy this year, Emma is now in the application process for the Naval Academy and Navy ROTC. In a few months, she will know if she is accepted and where her future lies. Either way, Emma already knows what she wants to do after high school.

“I would like to be a naval nursing officer or a surface warfare officer,” Emma said. “I just want to serve my country. It comes from the life I’ve had. I have been so blessed.

Riley is currently attending college at the Naval Academy, where he will be commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy upon graduation.

Riley Haugen

Jen Haugen, Riley and Emma’s mother, said it was inspiring to watch her children pursue careers in service to their country.

“It was a huge family transition, and it had a huge impact on Emma, ​​so much so that she was also interested in military service after high school,” Jen said. “Emma inspires us with her ability to do her best while being able to lead and influence others in a positive way. Our hope as parents is that our children work hard and use their time and talents to make the better world while enjoying it. Whatever they choose to do, we are proud of them.

Emma is very involved in the school and the community. She is president of the National Honor Society, dances at the city’s Jane Taylor Dance Academy, competes in tennis and track and field, and works part-time.

Emma also has a cookie business called “Cookies that Care Co.”, where she has donated many boxes of cookies to veterans in the community.

Emma is a senior captain for the Austin women’s tennis team and she plays as the team’s No. 2 singles player after playing No. 1 in doubles and No. 4 in doubles last season.

The leap into a leadership role was a big one for Emma, ​​who started playing tennis on a whim as a seventh grader.

” It was really fun. I’ve always liked tennis and I’ve always liked girls. I wanted to be able to direct them so they didn’t have too much pressure on them,” Emma said. “It was a challenge, but it was definitely worth it. Because I play high level tennis. It is a good cultural experience.

Emma has already seen a glimpse of her future life while attending a two-week summer seminar at the Naval Academy and she liked what she saw there.

When asked why she is pursuing the service, Emma’s eyes tear up and she struggles to explain why. Riley was a big factor, but she also wants to be part of something bigger than herself and go the extra mile to help in a big way.

Jen said the whole Haugen family dynamic has changed since Riley chose to join the Navy.

“Emma has always looked up to her brother as they have had a close relationship through similar pursuits they have been in,” she said. “She is such a hardworking young woman who genuinely wants to help people and inspire others too. Emma believes in giving back to show appreciation for the life she has. I believe being part of the military is a calling because it takes extreme effort, sacrificing ‘normal’ life and being part of something much bigger than yourself, to protect our country.”

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