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DeMatha Express- December 7th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • The "One DeMatha, One Christmas" Drive is now in its third day. It is off to a steady start but we need your participation! Here is the link: Donate Online
    • So far, the class of '77 is leading in the class competition (again). The '77 class was a winner last December too. We have two alums (from the classes of '80 and '07) who have put out a challenge match to their classmates. We will put out another update tomorrow. Remember, we draw winners each day AND if you send someone the giving link and they donate -- you will automatically receive a prize. Do it! Here are the winners from the first two days:
      • First Donor: John Metz '12
      • Dec. 5 - David Slomkowski '86
      • Dec. 6 - Nancue Tassara, current parent '21
  • Read down further for information about DeMatha's first-ever Career Fair.

  • Fr. James celebrated his 45th anniversary of priestly ordination on Sunday with Fr. Damian and other Trinitarians in Bristol, PA.

  • Congrats to Lucas Arzayus, Joseph Teti, Reggie Zayas, Dale Gray, and Aidan Larkin for being selected to the Senior All-State Chorus, and to Harrison Buck for being selected to the Junior All-State Chorus.

  • Congrats to Jesse Parham and Keyden Smith-Herold for being selected to Senior All-State Band and to Graham Lovely, Zachary Shieh and Will Lobo for being selected to Senior All-State Orchestra.

  • Congrats to the Symphonic Band, Concert Band II and Wind Ensemble for receiving Superior ratings and to the Concert Band for receiving Excellent Ratings at the WAMTC Band Festival last Saturday.

  • The DeMatha Percussion Ensemble II, Advanced Percussion Ensemble and Symphonic Band will hold their Fall Concert on Tuesday at Bladensburg High School at 7:30 pm and the Wind Ensemble will perform at Bladensburg next Thursday at 7:30 pm.

  • The DeMatha choral groups will hold their concert on Wednesday in the Convocation Center at 7 pm.

  • Members of the DeMatha math department and the video production crew held a Roundtable Discussion revolving around the DeMatha Primes project on Tuesday. Watch the whole video at the link: Link.

  • The annual Toy Drive continues. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys in the main lobby until next Wednesday. Thank you for your support!
Prayers Requested:
  • William Dunn, father of Leo '78, Chris '80, Jimmy '83, Eddie '84; grandfather of William '13 and Michael '14.
  • Today, of course, is the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Here is a CBS story about a hero on that day. (This is unrelated to DeMatha but we thought we would share it anyway): Link.
In Memoriam:
  • William Hibbs, father of Thomas '78 and Michael '80.
  • Zachary Balian '60.
  • Harold Nitowitz, father of Harold '83 and Catherine '90. A memorial service will be held tomorrow at Gasch's Funeral Home in Hyattsville at 2 pm.
  • DeMatha basketball opened its season by defeating Eleanor Roosevelt, 86-49. The team will be taking part in the Hoops Fest tournament this weekend, which will showcase several high-quality national teams. The event is organized by an outside group, but will take place at DeMatha. The team will play at approximately 9 pm on Saturday and 7:30 pm on Sunday. Monumental Sports will be covering the games and you can stream the game through their site: Link. The team will then host Carroll on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Before last night's game, Andre Jones '87 produced an excellent preview of the upcoming season: Video.

  • DeMatha hockey won two of three games during a tournament last weekend at Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena in New York and finished with a 4-0 victory over St. Ignatius (OH). The team is now 9-2-1 on the season and will host St. Albans on Friday at 5:20 pm, the Tri-City Eagles U18 AA on Saturday at 6:50 pm, and Churchill next Wednesday at 4 pm. The team is also ranked No. 2 in The Washington Post: Link.

  • DeMatha wrestling competed in the Ray Oliver Tournament last weekend where senior Jason Robertson placed 4th wrestling at 220lbs and freshman Hudson Davis placed 6th at 195lbs. The team will next travel to Hagerstown, Md., to wrestle in the Armed Forces Duals on Friday and Saturday.

  • DeMatha swimming placed 2nd at the Georgetown Prep Invitational Relay Meet last Saturday and came back to tie O'Connell on Tuesday. The team is now 4-2-1 on the season and will travel to Trinity College to take on Bishop Ireton on Monday at 4 pm.

  • Arie Kouandjio '10 was featured in a story on Link.

  • Ja'Whaun Bentley '14 was named to the Pro-Football Foucs All-American Team and 1st team All-Big Ten: Link.

  • A.J. Read '14 was voted Defensive Player of the Year in the NEWMAC conference for the US Coast Guard Academy soccer team. A.J. was also named to CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.

  • Thomas Bruce '15, who is on the Binghamton basketball team, was named Athlete-of-the-Week by Link.

  • Terrell Allen '15 led UCF basketball to an upset win over No. 24 Alabama: Link.

  • Ryan Allen '17 was named the University of Delaware basketball's Rookie-of-the-Week.

  • Senior Dominic Lyles committed to play football next year at Bucknell University.

  • Senior Garrett Degnon committed to play lacrosse next year at Johns Hopkins.
Alumni News:
  • CMSgt. John Farrell III '78, USAF (Ret), was recently a speaker in a worldwide webinar on veteran hiring practices, which was sponsored by the Society of Human Resources Management.
  • Jon Chung '06 has a new job as a global category specialist in device procurement with the pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca.
  • Christian Campbell '11 married his bride Rachel last Saturday. Several Stags were in attendance.
1st DeMatha Career Fair:
The DeMatha Alumni Association will host its 1st Career Fair on Fri., Jan. 5 from 6-8pm in the LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center. DeMatha graduates currently in their junior and senior years of college looking for internships and full-time employment and younger post-graduate alums looking for a job change and/or advancement are encouraged to attend at no fee. Please bring your resumes and dress will be business attire (Required). This will be an ideal situation where you can begin to hone your interview skills and interact with potential employers.
All employers who would like the opportunity to discuss their job opportunities and recruit our bright, motivated younger DeMatha graduates will have a table set up for their use. We ask each employer to contribute $100 to be a part of this new initiative. Space will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and we are also looking to provide varied career options to our graduates.
Employers in the public sector field (law enforcement, teaching, fire, etc.), non-profit sector and private sector (law, accounting, architecture, banking, investment, journalism, etc.) are all welcome. This is a great opportunity to share information about your organization and the positions you have available, and build your brand.
It should be a great night and we hope you will wish to participate. Any employer able to hire, or are hiring at this time, and are interested in participating should email Teresa Farrell at Any young alums interested in attending should also RSVP to Please indicate your graduation year.
Misc. Information:
  • The Varsity Basketball Team is traveling to Wheeling, WV on Sat., Jan. 6 to participate in the 11th Annual Cancer Research Classic game and to Springfield, MA on Sun., Jan. 14 to participate in the Spaulding Hoop Hall Classic game. We want you on board! Come join us for a stress-free trip to support and cheer on the team. Ride in relaxing comfort and a fun atmosphere with other Stag parents. To register, click here for: Wheeling, WV and/or here for: Springfield, MA. The cost for each trip is $60/pp. Payment link: Pay Online For more information, please contact Derek Richmond ( or Carol Vance (
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
Cozy and warm, this Men's 1/4 Zip Sweater Fleece is just the thing to finish off your Christmas list. (Also available in a full-zip women's version) $55: Pay Online.

That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:

It seems as if weekly we receive a picture from an alum on his wedding day surrounded by several of his former classmates. These pictures make their way onto our social media sites and sometimes in our school magazine. But DeMatha grads also show up at funerals. Case in point yesterday, Mr. William Hibbs, father of Tom '78 and Mike '80, was buried over on Maryland's eastern shore. There were at least 15 alums present. The celebrant was Monsignor Bill Parent, the brother of James '00. Mr. Hibbs was buried in his DeMatha shirt. May he rest in peace.
While we are presently in this "One DeMatha, One Christmas" Campaign, we did have a number of people also contribute on "Giving Tuesday." We appreciate that very much.
On that day, we received a donation from an alum (who shall remain nameless) who wrote the following in the comments section:

"I appreciate my connection to DeMatha more and more with each passing year. Not only because of my time as a student, but especially in the years since. The faculty at DeMatha did not stop supporting me and checking up on me when I graduated. It is difficult not to get
emotional when I think about all that DeMatha has meant to me and my family. My closest friends and I all had dramatically different experiences at DeMatha academically. Some were honors students earning college credits by their senior year, I struggled at times just to make it through. What makes DeMatha so special is that DeMatha was, and is, equally valuable to all of us."
God Bless,