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DeMatha Express- June 14th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Just one more day left of our Captain's Challenge. At last check, we had 279 donors and over $33K received. Thank you! There is still time to participate and we will be drawing the names of two winners each day, who will receive a nice golf shirt from the Stag Store. We will provide a full list of winners tomorrow when the Drive ends at Noon. The most recent winners are:
    • June 12 Michael Goldbeck '75
    • June 13 Tony & Dana D'Avella and James Fleenor '95
  • As of this moment, the class of '78 holds a strong lead with the most number of participants. Class of '84 has the most $$$ in. In addition, the class of '75 and the class of '74 are having a separate competition as to which class can surpass the other. Bragging rights at stake! Thanks again to everyone for their support! Here is your giving link: Online Giving
  • Fr. Shaun Foggo '95 and former faculty members Fr. Matthew Fish and Fr. Scott Holmer were featured in The Catholic Standard on receiving new priestly appointments that will start July 5. Fr. Shaun, a DeMatha Board Member, will serve as the parochial vicar at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring; Fr. Matthew will serve as an administrator at Holy Family Parish in Hillcrest Heights; Fr. Scott will serve as a pastor at St. Edward the Confessor Parish in Bowie.
  • DeMatha students may be done with school for the summer, but the campus will remain busy with various camps and school sessions. Take a look at the various summer programs at DeMatha: Link.
  • Check out the summer hours for the Stag Store: Link.
  • Congrats to the Class of '18 recipients (Cameron Griffin, Kyle Hagin, Frederick Umeh, and Marcelo Saunders) of Senatorial Scholarships, courtesy of Maryland State Senator (and DM Parent) Doug Peters. We thank Senator Peters for his support.
In Memoriam:
  • Connor W. Bohan, father of Brendan '95.
  • John Gough, father of Tim '78, Brian '81, Danny '83, Craig '85. Grandfather of Ryan '13, Connor '17, and Ethan '21: Obituary
  • Alfred M. Porrazzo, father of Mark '75: Obituary
  • Curtis Frontin, father of Cory '10.
  • Angelo P. Picillo '86: Obituary
  • Jordan W. Scott '05. No arrangements have been made yet. Link.
  • The football team will open up its season this fall with a road matchup against St. Thomas Aquinas HS (FL) as part of the 2018 Geico ESPN HS Football Kickoff. The game will be on Aug. 25 and will air at 7pm on ESPN2.
  • Rising senior DeMarcco Hellams has committed to play football in the Fall of 2019 for the University of Alabama: Link.
  • Rising junior Alex Greene was featured in an article by the baseball website 'Perfect Game': Link.
  • Congrats to former Stag Quinn Cook who won his first NBA championship last weekend with the Golden State Warriors! He is the fourth former DeMatha bball player to win a ring. The others are John Jones '62 ( Boston Celtics), Adrian Branch '81 (Los Angeles Lakers) and Danny Ferry '85 (Spurs).
Alumni News:
  • Mike Brey '77 threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field last weekend.
  • Jim Carroll '80 recently started working as the Associate Vice Chancellor & University Architect, with Design & Construction Management, at the University of California, Davis: Link.
  • Congrats to Mike Thomas '86 of Lighthouse Insurance for being named SBA Insurance Advocate of the Year.
  • Danny Wintersteen '00 and his wife Jenna welcomed the birth of their child, Annie, on May 27.
  • Paul Rabil '04 now has the Major League Lacrosse record in points scored with 522.
  • Joe Rice '08 finished in second place in the Maryland Amateur Golf Championship held last weekend. Ben Warnquist '11 was a semi-finalist.
  • Raheem Cardwell '09 is working as a gift processor/data analyst for Georgetown University.
  • Eric Brothman '10 is working as a senior reactor operator/nuclear shift supervisor for the energy company PSEG in New Jersey.
  • Cory Frontin '10 received his masters from MIT last week, before continuing to work on his PhD, and will be getting married this week to his fiance, Judy Beaudoin.
  • Michael Meriwether, Jr. '10 is a sale and leasing consultant at Mercedes Benz of South Charlotte.
  • Deonte Holden '14 is currently a management intern for the department store company Belk.
  • Matthew Morton '14 recently graduated from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Information Technology.
  • James Keith '18 was named an Academic All-American by US Lacrosse.
  • Dr. Steve Danley '03, a professor at Rutgers University, will soon have his first book published, 'A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort: Post Katrina New Orleans and the Right to the City.' Link
  • The Class of '08 will have a gathering on Thurs., June 21: Pay Online.
  • The DeMatha Soccer Family FootGolf Fundraiser: More Information and Registration. Even if you do not have time to play a round of FootGolf, please feel free to stop by to socialize with your DeMatha Family and check out all the great Silent Auction offerings!
  • There will be a Red and Blue Meet Up for recent DeMatha alumni on July 25 at The University of Maryland Golf Course from 6-9pm featuring live music, a cash bar and more. Click here for more information and to register: Link.
  • Future DM reunions include: Class of '88 (Sept. 8), Class of '78 (Sept. 15) and Class of '98 (Oct. 5). Other reunions to be announced soon. Please make sure we have your current contact information: Update Your Alumni Information
That is all.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
It's been almost a week now since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup. In the past seven days, there have been several social media pictures of various DeMatha related people holding up the prized trophy -- people who have various ties with the team.

One of first Stags to be pictured on Facebook with the Cup above his head in the jubilant locker room last week was Jimmy Park '84. Then there was also a picture of the Park brothers -- Paul '77, Jimmy, and Nate '86 with Caps MVP Alex Ovechkin.

It seems the Park brothers have been working as volunteers with the Caps for a good while now. Paul first began some 10 years or so ago, thanks to his friendship with DeMatha parent Craig "Woody" Leydig (father of Cam '18). Mr. Leydig is the beloved Caps assistant equipment manager, who has been with the team for over 30 years now. (Cam '18 was also on the ice after last week's game and in the locker room after the game as well).

A few years after Paul started his work with the team, he was eventually joined by Jimmy and Nate (although Nate is not quite as involved these days as he once was). Paul and Jimmy are what are called "visiting team attendants," and, at each home game, they are responsible for taking care of the needs of the opposition.

Since last Thursday's possible clinching game was on the road, the Park brothers flew out to Las Vegas on their own dimes to be a part of the celebration, if there was one. And what a celebration it was. "I really think there was more of a sense of relief after all of the years of heartbreak and coming so close," Jimmy said. "We were really happy for the organization and all of the people who have been with the Caps for so long. At the same time, we also felt badly for those people who worked for such a long time for the Caps but are no longer
part of the organization."

Jimmy said he and his brothers celebrated on ice with the team right after the victory and the celebration carried into the locker room, where the players took time to "celebrate" with the Cup itself. Jimmy then waited for his moment to take the 38 pound trophy and hoist it
over his head in celebration.

Jimmy is an analyst with Freddie Mac by day; Paul a registered RN at MD Shock Trauma; Nate is the assistant equipment manager for the University of Maryland football team. (A fourth brother, Mike '79, works at the Pentagon). Because the family took so much leave time
last week, the brothers Park did not attend Tuesday's victory parade. But it's not like they never had time to celebrate.

Of course, there is still plenty of time to continue the celebration. We here at DeMatha are hoping that somehow our connections will enable the prized Stanley Cup to somehow visit the school in the weeks ahead. Who knows -- maybe Jimmy can recreate his Cup celebration at that time. It would be a certainly be a moment worth remembering.
God Bless,