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DeMatha Express- November 2nd
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • DeMatha's Open House will be this Sunday, Nov. 5 from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Click the link for a full schedule of events: Link.

  • The speaker for this year's Stag Nite (Nov. 22) is Joe Jacoby, former Washington Redskins Standout. See Events Section for details.

  • DeMatha's 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was a big success! Click the link to watch the honorees' speeches from the evening: Watch Here. We also have a photo gallery of the ceremony: Link. More in the Epilogue.

  • DeMatha celebrated its All Saints Mass on Wednesday. One of the highlights was a version of 'When The Saints Go Marching In' performed by Voices of DeMatha and instrumental music students, arranged by senior Dale Gray. Here is a photo gallery from the service: Link.

  • The annual Food Drive is now underway until November 17. The school is looking to collect 11,000 cans of food for various local charities.
In Memoriam:
  • John E. Hudack, Grandfather to David '00 and Daniel '08.
  • Mike Madden '71, brother of Marty '67. The obituary can be found on Page 4 of this link: Obituary. A memorial Mass will be held on Sat., Nov.18, at 11 am at St Hughs in Greenbelt.
  • Marie Vignali, mother of Joe '80, mother-in-law of Tom Taylor '68, and grandmother of Vincent Hess '09. A burial service will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
  • DeMatha soccer defeated St. John's 2-1 on Tuesday in the WCAC Quarterfinals. Senior Justin Gielen scored both goals in the win. The team is now 9-7-2 on the season and will host Bishop Ireton in the WCAC Semifinals today at 3 pm. If we win, the championship will be Sunday at 6:30 pm at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD.

  • DeMatha cross country finished fourth out of 10 teams at the WCAC Championships on Oct. 28. Sophomore Anthony Perry finished eighth overall with a time of 17:22and senior Matthew Metz finished tenth overall at 17:26. The final competition for the season will be at the MD State Cross Country Championships on Sat., Nov. 11, at Georgetown Prep.

  • DeMatha football defeated Bishop McNamara 49-6 on Oct. 28. The team is now 5-4 on the season and will compete for a WCAC playoff berth in the regular season finale on Saturday at Archbishop Carroll at 2 pm.

  • Arie Kouandjio '10 signed a contract last week to return to the Washington Redskins.

  • Jamal Robinson '14 was featured in the Albany Times Union on how he is exceeding expectations for University of Albany football: Link.

  • Shane Simmons '16 was featured in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on how he is prepared to handle the high expectations that surround him with the Penn State football team: Link.

  • Victor Oladipo '10 was named NBA Eastern Conference Player-of-the-Week for the week of Oct. 22 after he averaged over 28 points and four rebounds per game with the Indiana Pacers. He was also featured in an article in The Indy Star: Link.

  • D.J. Harvey '17 was featured in a preview of the upcoming Notre Dame basketball season by Fox Sports: Link.

  • Former Stag Quinn Cook was featured on SFGate on playing with Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors: Link.
Alumni News:
  • Brian McCarthy '71 coached the boy's golf team at Harwood Union High School in Moretown, Vt., to a Vermont Division 2 State Championship in early October.

  • Gabe Hodziewich '73, a year after being inducted individually as a varsity soccer coach into the St. Andrews Episcopal School Hall of Fame, the 1981-82 co-ed soccer team that he coached was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. Link.

  • Jeffery Hathaway '77 is stepping down as athletic director of Hofstra University in 2018 after six years with the school in that position: Link.

  • Thomas Hibbs '78 wrote a 30th anniversary retrospective review on the film 'The Princess Bride' in The Catholic World Report: Link.

  • David Aldridge '83 was featured in an article on on how he became an NBA reporter: Link.

  • Steven Leigh '92 is the vice president of Turner Leigh Consulting Services, which is a cybersecurity and service disabled veteran owned business.

  • Chris Fiora '96 is a field sales consultant for Henry Schein, a distributor of healthcare products and services.

  • Thomas Thayer '02 recently started a new position at Amazon, where he will manage Fortune 100 accounts in Seattle. He also got engaged in March.
Workplace Giving:
  • DeMatha participates in the following campaigns: the United Way (#8392), Combined Federal Campaign (#89951), Maryland Charity Campaign (#520607998), DC Government's One Fund, America's Charities, and others. Contributions are tax deductible and donors are recognized in the DeMatha Annual Report. Call Mrs. McCart in the Advancement Office at 240-764-2221.
  • Stag Nite will be held on Wed., Nov. 22.
    • Purchase Tickets Online: Link
    • Purchase tickets by check: make check out to DeMatha and mail to 4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781 attn: Stag Nite or stop by the Advancement Office
    • $40 per person; tickets must be presented at the event for admission; purchase your tickets early as this event sells out!
    • 5pm doors open; 6pm food is served; 7:15pm guest speaker; 10pm event ends
    • Guest Speaker: Joe Jacoby, Former Washington Redskins Standout
    • Location: DeMatha Catholic High School Antler Room
    • Adults Only: Must be 21 to attend! No Exceptions.
    • Admission includes food, beverage, speaker.
    • Notes: There will be NO cigar smoking in the hall; an area will be set up outside for smokers.
    • 4pm the varsity basketball team will be scrimmaging in the (LT) SEAL Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center (vs Flint Hill, VA).
    • Questions: email
Misc. Information:
  • Jerami Grant '12, and current member of the NBA's OKC Thunder, has recently formed the Hour Generation Foundation. Its first event is the "2017 Thanksgiving Basket Give-Away." Partnering with DeMatha's Basketball Program, and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Drew Freeman Branch, the foundation will be providing baskets to families in areas of Prince George's County the morning of November 18. If interested in donating to the cause, or being a sponsor, please contact Tommy Paolucci '97 at

  • Kevin Wells '08 is preparing for a mission trip with 20 other people from Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville, MD, to Moneague, Jamaica, through Mustard Seed Communities. He and the parish will help complete work projects to improve the infrastructure and facilities of the town. Please consider donating to his personal page to help with the trip: Donate Now.
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That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
At the very first Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 1991, author Mike Mewshaw '61 said the following, "DeMatha is no dry and distant institution but a blood and guts organism, a wonderful body of people of very different backgrounds."

We could not help but think of that quote after attending the latest Hall of Fame Ceremony last Sunday at DeMatha. Yes, some of the speeches ran long but the school's mission of building Faith-Filled Gentlemen & Scholars was quite evident. The passion that runs through
the hallways both then and now was on vivid display.

You can pick up on some of that by watching this short (excellent) video summation of the event produced by Andre Jones '87: Watch Here.

DeMatha Today, DeMatha Forever!
God Bless,