Taylor Haugen Trophy Winner
The All Sports Association congratulates the 2017 Taylor Haugen Trophy winner Josiah Pool. Josiah is the first winner of the Taylor Haugen Trophy from Santa Rosa County and currently attends Milton High School where he has achieved incredible academic success while participating in several sports.
Maintaining a perfect GPA and ranking 2nd out of 374 students in his class, Josiah finds the time to excel in many other aspects of life. Josiah is an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as his 2017 class board and tutors his fellow classmates in all subjects. Playing four sports in high school—baseball, basketball, tennis and golf—and serving as an officer in three extra-curricular clubs—Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Beta Club and National Honor Society, Josiah has proven to be a very well-rounded young man.
While Josiah had a passion for football, during his freshman year, he suffered a severe concussion, challenging him to accept a different plan God had for him. Moving on to baseball, golf and basketball, Josiah always had a positive outlook on his sports career as he strived for greatness in all he did.
Trying out for the varsity baseball team, Josiah pushed for excellence working out and practicing with the team as much as he could before try-outs. Being involved in so many over-lapping sports, he was consumed completely. Try-outs came and he was still doubtful of making the team. Trying his hardest, Josiah in the end did not make the varsity team; but instead of hanging his head, he moved on to the next sport: tennis.
This was his first time playing tennis and after practicing with the team for weeks, Josiah earned his spot and ended up competing in the school’s district matches. His perseverance and trust in God allowed him to gain a new love for a different sport and overcome his set-backs. Serving as team captain and a leader in sports, Josiah also won the FCA award for basketball as a junior. Not only does he shine in athletics, but he continues to excel academically. He is the recipient of the Sunshine State Scholar Award and the North Florida HOBY Leadership Award and will graduate as Milton’s Salutatorian. He has passed multiple AP tests and is currently in dual-enrollment math classes with Pensacola State College.
Another important part of Josiah’s life is his Christian faith. Actively involved with his church through small groups and bible studies, he also serves his savior, Jesus Christ, through community service activities. With 179 documented hours, Josiah has led and participated in many acts of community service. These include “humbling experiences” working in homeless shelters, Relay for Life events, mission trips to New Orleans, and many other activities pushing Josiah to become the selfless person he strives to be.
Josiah joins a growing list of Taylor Haugen Trophy winners who continue to set the bar when it comes to academics, athletics, Christian faith, leadership, and community service. His college plans are currently undecided at this time as he looks at all scholarship offers while planning to major in biomedical engineering. Josiah is one of seven siblings and is the son of proud parents, Joe and Maria Pool, of Milton, Florida.