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DeMatha Express- January 18th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • The Academic Quiz Bowl team advanced to the playoffs in the Hammond High School Academic Tournament last Saturday. The team went 4-1 in the preliminary games and finished as the 8th seed out of 40 participating teams.

  • The NHS Induction Ceremony, originally scheduled for last night but postponed due to inclement weather, will now be held on Wed., Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm in the Antler Room.

  • Faculty member and Director of Campus Ministry Ms. Julie Penndorf recently contributed a post to the blog (hosted by Boston College) 'For Your Consideration' which is being used for and to connect high school religion teachers and campus ministers. You can check it out at the link: Blog.

  • Fr. James welcomed DeMatha's new transfer students on Jan. 12 and spoke about the history of St. John de Matha and the Trinitarians.

  • Several students participated in service in cleaning up Riverside Drive Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • A DeMatha contingent will be attending the March for Life tomorrow and a mass/rally at the Capitol One Arena, formerly known as the Verizon Center, in Washington D.C. before the March.
Prayers Requested:

In Memoriam:
  • Russell McConnell, father of faculty member John McConnell.
Athletics:
  • DeMatha basketball fell to nationally ranked Gonzaga 71-62 and Paul VI 93-78 in the past week, but defeated Archbishop Molloy (NY) 86-56 in the HoopsHall Classic in Massachusetts over the weekend: Link. The team is 14-3 on the season and will travel to face Carroll tomorrow night at 7:30 pm before hosting St. John's on Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm.

  • DeMatha hockey defeated Mt. St. Joseph 5-3 last weekend and then tied Landon 2-2 yesterday. The team is 14-6-2 on the season and will host St. John's on Friday at 7 pm followed by traveling to the Rockville Ice Arena to face Bullis on Jan. 22 at 4:20 pm before hosting Churchill on Jan. 23 at 4:50 pm.

  • DeMatha swimming was victorious in a 68-19 win over Rockbridge County last weekend. The team has a busy week as they will compete in a meet today at 4 pm at Trinity Washington University against the Edmund Burke School, Washington Christian Academy and the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School before competing in the National Catholic Swimming Championships this weekend at Loyola Baltimore. The team is currently 8-3-1 on the season.

  • DeMatha wrestling defeated McNamara and Forrest Glenn in the Cavalier Duals last weekend. The team will travel to face O'Connell on Jan. 24 at 4 pm.

  • Bobby St. Pierre '92, a scout with the World Champion Houston Astros, spoke to the baseball team last week. Bobby was a first team All-Met in football and baseball while at DeMatha.

  • Rodney McLeod '08 had a key sack in the Philadelphia Eagles playoff win over the Atlanta Falcons last Saturday and will face the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

  • Jairus Lyles '13 scored 35 points for the UMBC men's basketball team in a win over Hartford on Monday.

  • Kenneth Chigbue '15 competed on Jan. 12 in the New York City Indoor Track Armony races.

  • Ryan Allen '17 scored 15 points for the Delaware men's basketball team in a 72-66 win over Drexel on Jan. 11.
Alumni News:
  • James Brown '69 interviewed Morgan Wootten in the latest addition of 'The James Brown Show.' Watch it here: Link.
  • Justin Fairfax '96 was sworn in as the Lt. Governor of Virginia on Jan. 13. He's the first African-American elected to statewide office in Virginia since 1989.
  • Congratulations to faculty member Mike '98 and Jessica Ptomey! Their daughter, Stella Maris Elizabeth Ptomey, was born on Jan. 13.
  • Seamus Hughes '02 was interviewed on NPR talking about how an American rose to the upper ranks of ISIS: Link. He also wrote a story in The Atlantic on the subject: Link.
  • Brendan Ponton '08 will appear in tonight's "Killing Fields" TV show on the Discovery Channel at 9pm eastern. The show is about a real life cold case murder in Virginia.
    Brendan is a TV reporter in Norfolk and was/is reporting on the case as well.
Events:
  • The Friends and Family Fundraiser Cruise, which supports two great causes supports - DeMatha lacrosse and the Bowie Boys & Girls Club, is a 7-night, Exotic Eastern Caribbean aboard Carnival Pride (August 5-12, 2018.) which sails from Baltimore. The cruise is open to all.

    You'll Visit Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Freeport, Bahamas.
    Limited number of staterooms available from $1,135. (includes taxes, fees, and port expenses). Prices increase in Feb. $250 deposit per person.

    Follow CruiseForACauseDMBBGC on Facebook and Twitter, @cruiseforacauseDMBBGC. Contact Lynn Riley, 410-725-1001, lriley1137@comcast.net for more information

    *NOTE: The event is neither sponsored by nor endorsed by the school.
  • Private Music Instructor Chris Vadala will perform as part of 'Sunday Afternoon Jazz At Seton' at Elizabeth Seton HS on Jan. 21 from 3-5 pm. The event is a fundraiser for Seton's auditorium renovation campaign: Get Tickets.
  • DeMatha lacrosse will hold its 10th annual Face Off Dinner at Mother's Federal Hill Grille in Baltimore on Feb. 3 from 6-10 pm. This is an adult event that will be $60 advance/$75 at the door and will be Open Bar with Surf and Turf dinner buffet. There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and DeMatha lacrosse apparel sales. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click at the link: Purchase Tickets.
Misc. Information:
  • John Molloy '11, a teacher and the head swim coach at Archbishop Curley, will be facing DeMatha on Jan. 25 in a meet at Trinity College. This will be the first time that an alumni will coach against DeMatha. All swimming alumni who are still in the area tare welcome to come out to the meet.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
Check out the new UA Waffle Long-Sleeve Tee in the DM Stag Store. The waffle-textured fabric traps warmth without packing on the weight. $40: Pay Online.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
tponton@dematha.org
240-764-2222
Postscript
From the Office of Advancement:
The statue of the DeMatha Stag is a popular gathering space on campus and many people will often stop and have their picture taken in front. The other night, the Weaver family (Bob, Bobby '96, Sam '98, and Shea, Sam's daughter) were seen in front of our large male deer.

The Weavers are no stranger to the Stag, as they donated the statue in 2004. A plaque recognizing their contribution is located at the base the statue stands on. "I have a house in Deep Creek, MD and my wife and I visited this unique antique store there back then. The place was massive," (Mr.) Bob Weaver said. "As we finally got to the last section of the property, I saw this gigantic Stag and told my wife, 'We have to get that for DeMatha'."

The Weavers contacted DeMatha and the school was good with their unusual offer of a donation. It was not long after that Mr. Weaver rented a U-Haul trailer for the back of his Hummer to bring the Stag to Hyattsville. Mr. Weaver also paid to have the base built; he
polished the Stag on his own before it was put on display; and paid to have a forklift come and lift the Stag on its base.

The Stag originally was placed directly in front of the Fotos Arts Center. It was moved to its present location before the opening of the Convocation Center in 2010.

Mr. Weaver says down through the years he has enjoyed seeing the many pictures of the Stag in all kinds of weather which appear in the school magazine, website, and social media. He estimates the statue weighs about 500 pounds (it is hollow inside) and that his total
donation then was about $7,500. (The Weavers also donated a large Stag head which can be seen on the inside entrance of the appropriately named Antler Room).

The Weavers' visit to DeMatha earlier this week was really nothing special as the family has been very supportive of the school since Bobby '96 first enrolled in 1992. The surprise was that the Weaver boys even attended DeMatha as the family lived in Darnestown -- quite
a commute. In fact, Mr. Weaver recalls making the trip to DeMatha as many as three times a day.

Why was such a sacrifice made?

"I love what DeMatha does for kids," Mr. Weaver said. "I love hearing the stories and seeing how these kids turn out. I also like what DeMatha did for my sons. In fact, I wished I had gone there."

Mr. Weaver also believes that DeMatha's diversity -- in so many areas -- helps prepare young men for the real world they will encounter upon graduation. However, before those students graduate, they have daily encounters with a rather large Stag -- a Stag that stands tall on the
campus of DeMatha Catholic High School.
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God Bless,

TP