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Dematha Express- January 25th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • The NHS Induction ceremony was held last night in the Antler Room. Congrats to all of DeMatha's newest inductees! Faculty member Mr. Christopher Hurst won the Fr. James R. Day Award. Here are a few photos from the event: Link.

  • A DeMatha contingent attended the March for Life and a Mass/Rally last Friday in Washington D.C.

  • A new website has been set up for the annual DeMatha House Cup Competition. You can see the official scoreboard there at the link: Website.

  • The Mock Trial team had its first match yesterday and fell 51-50 to the Renaissance School.
In Memoriam:
  • Bill Budness, father-in-law of Mark Ricker '74.
  • Mary Canter, mother of Gregory '68, Robert '74, and Richard '81.
  • Candida Hernandez de Liriano, mother of Bryan '16.
  • Patricia Samordic, sister of Mike, former faculty member.
Athletics:
  • DeMatha basketball, ranked No. 3 in the DC region, got big wins this past week against Carroll 72-54 and against St. John's 65-62. The team is now 16-3 on the season and has upcoming road matchups at Good Counsel on Friday at 7:15 pm, The Patrick School (at Gonzaga HS) on Saturday at 8 pm, and O'Connell on Tues., Jan. 30 at 7:30 pm. Saturday night and Tuesday night's games will be webcast by Monumental Sports: Stream.

  • DeMatha hockey, ranked No. 5 in the DC region, defeated St. John's 4-2 and Bullis 15-0, while falling to Churchill 3-2 in the past week. The team is now 16-7-2 on the season and will travel to the Compton Family Ice Arena in Indiana, to face Buffalo Grove (IL) on Friday at 9:15 pm, Medina (OH) on Saturday at 8 am and St. Joseph (IN) on Saturday at 6:15 pm. The team will then take part in the Notre Dame Invitational on Sunday before heading back to Maryland to face Georgetown Prep at the Rockville Ice Arena on Wed., Jan. 31 at 5:50 pm.

  • DeMatha swimming defeated the Edmund Burke School, Washington Christian Academy, the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. and The Lab School of Washington in a match at Trinity Washington University on Jan. 18, and fell to St. John's this past Tuesday. The team is now 13-4-1 on the season.

  • DeMatha wrestling defeated Bishop O'Connell and lost by 1 to Bishop Ireton yesterday. Sophomore Nate Busby, junior Jacob Hatef, and seniors Jason Robertson, Deaglan McGuire and CJ Smith-Cassidy each won both of their respective matches. The team will wrestle St. John's this Saturday.

  • DeMatha track competed in the VA Indoor Track Showcase at Liberty University this past weekend and senior Brendon Stewart finished the 55m dash prelims with a time of 6.36 seconds and won the 300m dash in 33.86 seconds. Junior Nick Cross, who raced in the same 55m prelims as Brendon, finished with a time of 6.43 seconds. The team will compete this weekend (Jan. 26- Jan. 28) in the Dr. Sanders Invitational in New York, NY before racing at Georgetown Prep on Tues., Jan. 30 at 4 pm.

  • Elijah Brooks '02, and a DeMatha contingent of players, won the US National Football U-19 International Bowl Championship.

  • Rodney McLeod '08, a starting safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, will be the second Stag to ever play in a Super Bowl. Brian Westbrook '97 played in the 2005 game with the Eagles. No Stag has ever won a Super Bowl.

  • Victor Oladipo '10 was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career! He is the second Stag to be named an NBA All-Star. Adrian Dantley '73 made his first, out of six overall, All-Star appearance in 1980.

  • Ja'Whaun Bentley '14 will play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday after finishing his collegiate football career with Purdue: Link. The game will be shown at 2:30 pm ESTon the NFL Network.

  • Alex Newbold '14 scored his 1,000th career point for the Lycoming men's basketball team and was featured in an article in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Link.
Alumni News:
  • Victor McCrary '73 was recently named the new Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee. The announcement was featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel: Link.

  • Freddy Anzures '94, a designer at Apple, explained in a YouTube video how he used his lock from DeMatha to use as the noise you hear when one locks their iPhone: Video.

  • Carlos Castrillon '95, a music faculty member at DeMatha, was a guest conductor for the Baltimore County Middle School Honors Band last weekend at Perry Hall High School.

  • Gimel Samuel '06 has been promoted to a business accountant manager at Verizon.

  • Rion Robinson '08, a Prince George's County police officer, heroically helped several kids and a fellow PG police officer who had fallen in an ice filled creek on Sunday. Here's a story of the incident from The Washington Post: Link.
Events:
  • The DeMatha and St. Alban's hockey teams will host the sixth annual American Heroes Hockey Challenge on Fr., Feb. 2. The event will raise money for two military based charities: Fisher House Foundation and the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle School, located in Lanham, MD, is planning an all classes alumni reunion for May 19, 2018, to be held at the school. The classes of 1968 and 1993 will be honored. Any St. Matthias alumni who are interested in attending or have questions, please contact director of admissions Ann O'Hare by email at aohare@stmatthias.org. Alums can also like the St. Matthias School Reunion page on Facebook to stay updated with info on the event.
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That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
tponton@dematha.org
240-764-2222
Postscript
From the Office of Advancement:
The beginning of a new calendar year is an exciting time at DeMatha as seniors start getting a glimpse of what college they may attend in the fall. On Sunday, senior Daniel Okereke found out he was admitted into the University of Maryland's engineering program, but it wasn't from a standard letter received in the mail.

"Before I had opened the door, we heard music first," Daniel said. "Then I was like, 'What is this?'"

Standing oustide Daniel's house were several University of Maryland representatives, the school's marching band, cameras from local news stations and even the school mascot (Testudo) as they welcomed Daniel into the Terp family.

"I didn't think it was real," Daniel said, "You always imagine that kind of stuff happening to other people and seeing that on the news. It was just really cool."

As he attempted to process what was happening around him, it was Daniel's mother who told him that she spoke to the admissions department at Maryland about sending a few representatives out to their house to share news of his admission and have pictures taken as a secret, late birthday present. That explains why she encouraged Daniel to get dressed in a suit that morning. But no one, including her, expected the extravagant display the university arranged.

Daniel earned a 4.3 GPA throughout his time at DeMatha, which more than displayed his academic prowess to get into the University of Maryland. But his admittance was also heartwarming because of the work Daniel puts in at home as he cares for his grandmother.

"She has dementia. She needs help eating so I feed her sometimes...Making sure she gets exercise because she's not going to be able to do it on her own. My mom has to travel a lot for work. She usually does day trips where she leaves in the morning and comes back at night, when she is able to."

Daniel said seeing the sacrifices his mother makes motivated him to do as well as he could at DeMatha.

"I see my mom working so hard and providing what she can for me," Daniel said, "I don't have a job, in terms of bringing in money, so it's just what I can do to help lessen the load on her."

DeMatha's senior college counselor Mr. Andrew Bright '03 said Daniel's combination of humility and ambition helped him attain success at DeMatha.

"He's always working," Mr. Bright said. "If you ever meet him, he's probably in the library or in a quiet space working because he knows that his time at home is spent taking care of his family. He is by far one of our top academic students and he's in some of our hardest classes."

Daniel hasn't made it official that he is attending Maryland yet as he waits to hear back from other schools and waits for information on scholarships, but he indicated that Maryland is near the top of his list.

With the surprise celebration, Daniel said he's now able to look back on the hard work he undertook to get him to where he is today.

"Seeing a long-term goal like college finally here, it just feels great knowing everything was worth it.

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God Bless,

TP