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DeMatha Express- October 12th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • DeMatha held its annual Walk-a-Thon last Thursday, which raised $4,000 for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as walking to show solidarity with those who have suffered in the destruction. Here is a photo gallery from the event: Link.

  • Senior Luke Burger was named a National Merit Commended Scholar for 2017. Commended Scholars are in the top 3% of all the PSAT test-takers - and the top 1.35% of all students in their class level nationwide.

  • The DeMatha crew team will christen a boat in Fr. Damian's name today after school.

  • DeMatha is holding a Coat Drive on campus until Oct. 20. Please bring gently used coats to the main lobby.

  • Instrumental Music Booster Gala Fundraiser: Kaleidoscope: Join us this Sat., Oct 14, at 7:30 pm, as four esteemed music directors and over 200 young musicians come together to form 10 specialized ensembles performing popular, light musical pieces across three separate stages in the LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center. This is the sixth annual Kaleidoscope Concert. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., enjoy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and a cash bar while supporting the DeMatha Instrumental Music Program. Order tickets now at the link: Link.

  • 2017 DeMatha Hall of Fame Ceremony: Sun., Oct. 29 from 2:30-6pm. See link for more information: Pay Online.
In Memoriam:
  • Monsignor Ralph Kuehner, friend of DeMatha (and many in our DeMatha community). Monsignor Ralph was 93. No arrangements have been made yet.
  • Rachel Mandis, grandmother of Stephen Wist '12. Obituary. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations for DeMatha's music department.
  • Joe Young, father of Jorlando '93. See epilogue below. No arrangements have been made yet.
Athletics:
  • DeMatha football fell to Gonzaga 26-20 last Friday despite a valiant comeback attempt. The team is now 4-2 on the season and will host Good Counsel High School on Friday. Watch the game here: Link.

  • Andrew Bayes '96 was inducted into the East Carolina University Hall of Fame last weekend. He was a consensus first-team All American punter in 2000.

  • Cam Phillips '14 featured in The Baltimore Sun on catching the eyes of NFL scouts: Link.

  • Ja'Whaun Bentley '14 had a key interception that led Purdue defeat Minnesota 31-17 on Saturday. Watch it here: Video.

  • Kellon Taylor '16 had a 23-yard touchdown reception in Duquesne football's 38-0 win over Wagner on Saturday.

  • Chase Young '17 had a forced fumble that led to Ohio State football's 62-14 win over Maryland on Saturday.

  • Keith Bogans '99 featured on possibly working his way to become a pro basketball coach: Link.

  • Markelle Fultz '16 featured on preparing for his NBA debut next week: Link.

  • DeMatha soccer defeated Bishop McNamara High School 4-0 last Tuesday. The team is now 6-6-1 on the season and is undefeated in conference play. The team will travel to face Paul VI Catholic High School on Friday night at 6:45 pm and then Gonzaga, at Elizabeth Seton High School, on Tuesday at 4:30 pm, which will also be the first annual DeMatha/Seton soccer Kick-It to Cancer event.

  • Brett Cecil '04 reflecting on his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals: Link.

  • Senior Matthew Metz led DeMatha cross country at the Glory Days Invitational last Saturday with a time of 17 minutes and 58 seconds, making him the 19th fastest 5K runner for DeMatha since 2000.

  • DeMatha crew placed as high as third among their several races at the Occoquan Challenge on Sunday.

  • Senior Josh Brannan committed to Stevenson next year to play lacrosse.

  • Senior Garrett Leadmon committed to Duke next year to play lacrosse.
Alumni News:
  • Jeff Hathaway '77, currently AD at Hosftra, will be part of a 14 member commission on cleaning up NCAA college basketball that will be chaired by Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

  • Timothy Rice '82 won two first place ribbons in the Homebrew Competition at The Great Frederick Fair earlier this year and his brother Dennis '78 won first and second place ribbons in the Traditional Mead competition.

  • Anthony Bagley '89 is the head coach of the DC Generals semi-professional football team, which recently won the National Public Safety Football League title in June.

  • Bobby St. Pierre '92 is a scout for the Houston Astros, who this week advanced to the Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series.

  • Kevin Twigger '96 is working as an internal auditor for AffirmX, a compliance solutions company based out of Frederick, MD.
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  • Chris Cook '09 graduated with honors from the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland in May. He currently works in the Baltimore Orioles' baseball operations department.

  • Bain Schroeder '14 had a 3.73 GPA during his spring semester of sophomore year at University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also on the university's lacrosse team. Link.

  • Alex Kincaid '15 was named Shoreman-of-the-Week for his performances on the crew team by Washington College. Link.

  • Brandon Jones '15 is a junior at Kentucky and placed first in a speech contest at the MANRRS conference in September and will compete at a national contest.

  • Evan Santa '15 tied for tenth at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and led the University of Maryland golf team to a fourth place finish overall.
Events:
  • The DM SAVE fundraiser "An Evening with Vaughn Holsey Paint Night" will be held on Friday, October 27 from 6-8 pm. $40 per ticket. Paint supplies, wine and refreshments included. Tickets available online or in-person through the Stag Store.
  • The Cruise For A Cause fundraiser will take place on the Carnival Pride August 5-12, 2018, sailing out of Baltimore and down to the Eastern Carribean. The event is neither sponsired by nor endorsed by the school. For more information, contact Lynn Riley for at 410-725-1001 or lriley1137@comcast.net
Misc. Information:
  • A GoFundMe page was set up by Jerryn McCray '96 to raise money and ship temporary power generators to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to help with the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Without electricity, citizens won't be able to access drinking water, safely store food and/or use devices for contact with loved ones abroad. To help, visit the following link: Donate.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
  • The weather is too hot... No, it's too cold... Well, with this Lightweight Shell Jacket, it's just right! 100% polyester knit shell bonded to be water-resistant. Front-zippered pockets and elastic binding at cuffs. $50: Purchase Online.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
tponton@dematha.org
240-764-2222
Postscript
From the Office of Advancement:
Not a week goes by in which it seems like we are writing about the loss of another booster of DeMatha. This time we are mourning the loss of Joe Young. If you attended a DeMatha football or basketball game in the 90's, you were destined to run into Joe, Bernie Campbell, and Chuck Miller. There were others too (Gerry Truman, Vince Scalco, and Mike Bussink '64), but for a time there Joe, Bernie, and Chuck were "the Big 3."

Of course, Joe continued to man the gates well into the 2000's and worked the Stag Night Night each year, as well as all of the events sponsored by the DeMatha Senior Boosters.

When we heard of Joe's passing, we were saddened on several levels. You see, it is/was virtually impossible to thank someone like Joe (and his family) enough for his decades of service.

We said this before and we will say it again -- DeMatha is what it is because of the tireless, selfless dedication of so many.

Bernie, Chuck, and now, Joe, are gone. At Bernie Campbell's funeral, Father Damian said that he was so used to seeing Bernie work the gate at DeMatha games that surely Bernie was now working at the Pearly Gate. But, Father said, you better have your ticket!

No doubt, Bernie (and Chuck) are now joined by Joe (and Vince and Mike).

God Bless them all.
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God Bless,

TP