City of Woodinville Honors Tuiasosopo and Conniff

March 14, 2001

Woodinville, WA - At the suggestion of a local Husky fan, the Woodinville City Council honored Marques Tuiasosopo and Pat Conniff, 1997 graduates of Woodinville High School, at their March 12th meeting. The two seniors on the Husky football team were presented with a Key to the City by the council.

'It was really cool to be honored by the city and to be presented a key to the city,' Tuiasosopo said. 'Woodinville is a special place for Pat and myself. We both loved growing up there. Getting a key to the city, I thought they only did that in the movies. It is something we'll both always remember.'

The University of Washington Huskies triumphed over the Purdue Boilermakers in the 2001 New Year's Day Rose Bowl held in Pasadena, CA. Tuiasosopo, the Husky's quarterback, led the team to a 34-24 victory and received the Most Valuable Player award. Conniff is the team's defensive fullback.

Deputy Mayor Scott Hageman, a University of Washington graduate and lifelong Husky fan, traveled to Pasadena for the 87th Rose Bowl. 'It has been my good fortune to accompany several U. of W. teams to the Rose Bowl. Never have I been more proud to witness two fine young men such as Marques Tuiasosopo and Pat Conniff leading our team to the championship. It is truly an honor and a privilege to have these wonderful ambassadors to represent the City of Woodinville.'

Both players graduate in June from the U. of W. Tuiasosopo, a business administration major, would gladly accept a professional football offer, notes his mother, Tina Tuiasosopo. Conniff, a criminal justice and sociology major, intends to apply for a firefighter position, explains his mother, Sally Conniff.

Portions of this press release were provided by the City of Woodville

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