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Saint Louis School celebrates Mariota Heisman win

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

As Marcus Mariota's name was called as the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner in New York, emotions roared on the Saint Louis High School campus in Hawaii.

"Can't imagine what Marcus is feeling, but I think we're just happy for Marcus and his family and his brother, we're very happy for the state of Hawaii. It can't be a better situation for us," said Darrel Hoke of the St. Louis School Board of Trustees.

Mariota attended the all-boys school from 2005 as a 7th grader until he graduated in 2011, starting as quarterback his senior year. For the Crusader's current starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa who is just a sophomore this year, he felt Mariota's victory speech spoke directly to him and his teammates.

"Young poly athletes, you should take this as motivation and dream big and strive for greatness," Mariota said in New York.

"I can speak for everybody else as well, people that don't even play the position as quarterback, people try to act like Marcus, not only on the field, but off the field," said Tagovailoa.

For the men of Kalaepohaku, Mariota has always been number one in their eyes and they feel Saturday's Heisman win just proves it to the rest of the nation.

"Not only in our community, but nationally he's been a good role model and example for kids all across the country. So we celebrate that," said Russell Valente, the school's Director of Admissions.

More than 500 people attended the Heisman Tailgate at the school. Families, employees, and alumni all celebrating, supporting, and rejoicing in their favorite Heisman Crusader.

"Congratulations Marcus, we're all cheering for you here in Hawaii," Tagovailoa said.

"It's so exciting. What an exciting time for us here in St. Louis and for Hawaii," said Valente.

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