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DeMatha Express- February 1st
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • DeMatha will have a 'Cyber-School Day' on Mon, Feb. 5. This will count as a regular school day, but will be 'remote learning' as no one is required to be on campus. Every class will "meet" for approximately 30 minutes. There are several goals for this exercise.
    • 1) Many DM grads in college report to us that they have part of their classes and projects due online and we hope to give our current students a taste of it.
    • 2) We are also asking our faculty to stretch themselves to design assignments in a different way.
    • 3) We are hoping to navigate long-term weather incidents or other disruptions of service.

      Students were asked if they had access to a tablet, laptop or desktop and the school is prepared to loan out a few Chromebooks for the weekend. Students were also asked if they had access to Wi-Fi service at home. Principal Dr. Daniel McMahon '76 will come in and open the school building from 10 am to 1 pm for anyone who wants to use the library.
  • The DeMatha mock trial team won 55-52 over DuVal. Senior Sydney Reyes was named All-Star attorney. Junior Sebastian Lyda was named All-Star witness.
  • Congratulations to St. Martin of Tours' academic quiz bowl team on winning DeMatha's annual Middle School Academic Challenge this past Sunday, which was hosted by both the Admissions Office and our own Academic Quiz Bowl Team. The team from St. Columba's earned 2nd place, and St. Bartholomew's 3rd place. A special thank you to all participants, and to teachers Mr. Josh Lattanzi, Mr. Nick Caputo, Mrs. Marilyn Murphy, Mr. Marty Hager, and countless National Honor Society students for overseeing the event.
Prayers Requested:
  • Ross Tschiffely '14, son of faculty member Doug.
In Memoriam:
  • William Murphy, father of Daniel '71 (dec.) and Patrick '73.
  • Dave Scaggs, an assistant basketball coach at DM in the 1970's. Celebration of Dave's life will take place on Saturday at 11am at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Mt. Airy, MD. Family will receive guests from 9:30-11am.
  • Beverely Thomas, mother-in-law of Christine, staff member, grandmother of Michael '08 and Timothy '11. Obituary.
  • Sharon Wilson, mother of Greg '11 and Gordon '18. There will be a service on Fri., Feb. 2 at 11am at Reed Temple A.M.E. Church (11400 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale, MD.) with burial afterwards at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, MD. Family will receive guests from 9:30-11am. Obituary.
Athletics:
  • DeMatha basketball picked up wins over Good Counsel and The Patrick School (NJ) last week and lost a close battle with O'Connell 65-62 on Tuesday. The team is 18-3 on the season and will host Ireton on Friday at 7:30 pm and St. Mary's Ryken next Tuesday at 7 pm. The team was featured on a recent WUSA 9 segment: Watch.
  • DeMatha hockey competed in the Hoosier Cup in Indiana last weekend and were victorious against Buffalo Grove (IL), Medina (OH), St. Joseph (IN), and New Trier Green (IL) before losing a close 2-1 matchup with Glenbrook North (IL). Yesterday, the Stags defeated Georgetown Prep 5-1. The team is now 20-8-2 on the season and will host three matches in the week ahead at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel: St. Albans on Friday at 7:15 pm, St. Mary's Ryken on Monday at 4 pm, and Gonzaga on Feb. 7 at 4 pm.
  • DeMatha swimming defeated Archbishop Curley, The Lab School of Washington and the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in the past week. The team is now 16-4-1 on the season and will compete in the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League Championships on Saturday at the Fairland Aquatic Center in Laurel.
  • DeMatha wrestling lost to St. John's, but defeated Gonzaga this past week. The team will compete in the WCAC Championships on Saturday at 10 am at Bishop McNamara.
  • DeMatha indoor track competed in the Dr. Sanders Invitational in New York last weekend and the 4x200m team finished in the US #3 with a time of 1 minute and 28.35 seconds. The team will next compete in the Millrose Games in New York this weekend.
Alumni News:
  • James Behun '75 was featured in this CBS San Diego segment on his role as an organizer for the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show: Link.
  • Kevin Hamilton '88, with the group from Coca Cola Corp, rung in the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.
  • Justin Fairfax '96 was featured in The Washington Post on discovering his past as he starts his tenure as LT. Gov of Virginia: Link.
  • Curtis Bennett III '05 will be a guest speaker at the Audubon Naturalist Society's 'Taking Nature Black Conference' on Feb. 28 at the Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase. The event will last from 8:30 am to 6 pm while Curtis' panel will be held from 11:35 am-12:30 pm. Link.
  • Jairus Lyles '13 scored 34 points in the UMBC men's basketball team's win over Maine on Jan. 27. It was the final game played at the RAC on campus.
  • Daniel Wooddell '13 graduated in December from UMBC with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and a B.A. degree in Health Administration Policy. He is currently an assistant coach for DeMatha's rugby team.
  • Johnny Surdick '14 was named a preseason Defensive Player-of-the-Year candidate for the men's lacrosse team at Army.
  • Chad Lilley '15, currently a student at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater and Dance, had his saxophone quartet 'Sapphirus' qualify for the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition on April 7 at the Avalon Theaterin Easton. The competition is open to the public. For more information, click on the event page here: Link.
  • Kellon Taylor '16 scored 11 points in a Duquesne men's basketball win over GW 75-73.
Events:
  • The DeMatha and St. Albans hockey teams will host the sixth annual American Heroes Hockey Challenge on Fri., Feb. 2. The event will raise money for two military based charities: Fisher House Foundation and the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit the DeMatha hockey website: Link.
  • DeMatha lacrosse will hold its 10th annual Face Off Dinner at Mother's Federal Hill Grille in Baltimore on Sat., Feb. 3 from 6:30-10 pm. This is an adult event that will be $60 advance/$75 at the doors. For more information, please click at the link:Purchase Tickets.
  • Former faculty member Mr. Rich Macheski will be leading a men's retreat on Feb. 15th and 22nd and March 1st and 8th at St. Jude's Catholic Church (12701 Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville, MD). Sessions will last each day from 7:30-8:45 pm. For those who are interested in registering, please email Rich at richardmacheski@gmail.com
  • Deacon Curtis Turner '86 and his parish of St. Mark's in Adelphi, MD is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this summer from Jun 18-27. The cost is $3500. There are 15 remaining slots. Email Curtis at curtis.turner@sfacademy.org for more information.
  • You are invited to join the DeMatha Rugby family and explore your inner "Picasso" for a fun evening of painting on Fri., Feb. 16 from 7-9pm. The cost is $40 and includes:
    • Take home canvas
    • On-site paint supplies
    • Adult Beverages & soft drinks
    • Hors d'oeuvres and desserts
    • Seating is limited so please do not hesitate to register by February 14th at: Register
    • Questions? Contact Kristien Carroll at 719-648-1231 or learke@comcast.net
Misc. Information:
  • Registration is now open for the DeMatha soccer summer camp taking place in July and August: Register.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
If this week has taught us anything, it's that winter is still here! Stay warm with this Hybrid Softshell Jacket. This 100% polyester knit shell is water-resistant with a microfleece interior for warmth. $75: Pay Online.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
tponton@dematha.org
240-764-2222
Postscript
From the Office of Advancement:
Rodney McLeod '08 was featured in this nice article by The Povich Center as he prepares for this Sunday's Super Bowl game: Link.

We had some time to speak with Rodney and ask him a few questions earlier this week:

DeMatha: No Stag has ever won a Super Bowl. Your thoughts?

Rodney McLeod: I hope to be the first. This season was a lot of firsts for me. First playoff game, first championship game, first Super Bowl, first game versus Tom Brady as a starter.

DM: Are you confident you can win?

RM: Yes. We prepared hard last week and we are out here in Minnesota doing the same. Preparation builds confidence.

DM: Do you relish being the underdog?

RM: It motivates us more. When someone tells you that you can't do something, you do everything you can to prove them wrong. My teammates all need one another and that is all we need.

DM: How did DeMatha prepare you for this moment?

RM: Lot of lessons as it pertains to character. We faced a lot of adversity in championship games and we always found a way to overcome it.

DM: Thoughts about playing in such a huge game?

RM It is every kid's dream. It is the reason why you play to play in games like this. When I was young I always watched the Super Bowl and remembered the plays that stood out...I am enjoying the ride and I thank the Man upstairs for letting me play. I'm going to go out and give it all I got. That is the best I can do.

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We wish Rodney the best. A few other DeMatha angles. When Rodney first came into the NFL, one of his coaches was Dennard Wilson '00. Rodney's agent is Tony Paige '80. The Philadelphia Eagles have won 13 games just twice in its history and each time there was a Stag on the roster: in 2004, with Brian Westbrook '97 and now in 2017 with Rodney McLeod '08.

Go Stags!
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God Bless,

TP