Partnered with the All Sports Association, the Taylor Haugen Foundation has recognized a supremely-special student athlete within Walton, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties since 2008.
Tuesday night, Milton High’s Josiah Poole made Santa Rosa proud, as he was announced as the first-winner from the county to win the Taylor Haugen award.
To add to the excitement, Poole was unaware of the announcement and was surprised at Milton’s gym just minutes before the Panthers tipped off with district rival Washington High.
Poole is a three-sport athlete (basketball, tennis, golf), a strong student, is actively involved in extra curricular activities and will be Milton High’s C/O 2017 salutatorian.
“He (Poole) is involved in everything. He currently plays three sports and is actively involved in pretty much every club Milton has,” Milton High Principal Tim Short said. “He’s in Beta Club and National Honors Society and he holds leadership positions in those. He’s a brilliant kid with a bright future and he’s as polite of a kid you will ever see.
“When you mix that with his athletic ability and intelligence, he’s the total package. He will leave behind a legacy that will be tough to follow.”
The award and foundation honors former Niceville Football player Taylor Haugen, who died during a preseason football game in 2008 due to a fatal liver injury.
According to Brian Haugen and Kathy Haugen (Taylor Haugen’s parents and founders of the foundation), their son exemplified balance in five-key pillars (academics, athleticism, leadership, Christian faith and community) and his motto was “Don’t quit…Never give up.”