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DeMatha Express- November 9th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • The latest edition of the Red & Blue Magazine has been mailed. In this donor edition, if you found a discrepancy, please contact our office and we will make sure we make the necessary correction in the next issue. The DeMatha Fund appeal will soon be mailed out to everyone as well.
  • The speaker for this year's Stag Nite (Nov. 22) is Joe Jacoby, former Washington Redskins standout. See Events Section for details.

  • The annual Food Drive is now underway until Nov. 17. The school is looking to collect 11,000 cans of food for various local charities. If you are interested in helping, you can drop off cans in the main entrance of the school before next week.

  • Our Open House was a great success! Click the link to see a photo gallery from the day: Link.

  • DeMatha Principal Dr. Daniel McMahon '76 will speak at a NCEA Conference in February in Kansas City. His segment will focus on the theme: 'Is There A Catholic Way To Play Sports?'

  • Junior Zach Landow and Dave Rather '86 were honored last Thursday night each as a "Hero" at the Baltimore Boys & Girls Club Gala for their service to the Baltimore community. Here is a video of Zach's speech: Watch Here.

  • Sophomore Zahir Muhammad won first place at the Maryland Chess Association Roland Park Scholastic Tournament in the varsity section on Nov. 4. Congrats!

  • Actor Brian Anthony Wilson visited DeMatha on Oct. 30 to answer questions from students in the DeMatha Way classes and performed an in-character monologue as Thurgood Marshall from his recent one-man show, 'Thurgood' at the Olney Theatre.
Prayers Requested:
  • This Saturday is Veteran's Day. Please say a prayer for all of our veterans who serve, or who have served, our country. If you have yet to see the DeMatha produced documentary on the late LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney '99, you can watch it here: Video. The documentary has aired on PBS.
In Memoriam:
  • Sid Catlett '67. A Memorial Service will be held in the spring with a date still to be determined The Washington Post wrote a detailed obituary on Sid: Link. Deadspin also wrote an article on the late DeMatha basketball standout: Link.
  • DeMatha football beat Archbishop Carroll on Nov. 4., to improve to 6-4 on the season. The team will travel to take on St. John's in the WCAC Semifinals on Saturday at 1 pm. If you can't make the game but still want to watch, you can stream the game through FloSports: Link. Go Stags!

  • DeMatha soccer fell to Gonzaga 2-1 in the WCAC Finals on Sunday. The team finished 10-8-3 on the season, but performed very well with a younger roster and a tough schedule all season long.

  • DeMatha cross country will compete in the MD Private School State Championship on Saturday at Georgetown Prep.

  • Brian Westbrook '97 will be inducted into the MD Sports Hall of Fame tonight.

  • Arie Kouanjdio '10 started at guard in the Washington Redskins' 17-14 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, which was just eight days after he signed a contract to return to the team.

  • Cyrus Kouanjdio '11 signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.

  • Jairus Lyles '13 was featured in The Baltimore Sun in a preview for the upcoming UMBC Basketball season: Link.

  • Ahmad Clark '16 was featured in The Daily Gazette as being a potential x-factor this season for the University of Albany basketball team: Link.
Alumni News:
  • Justin Fairfax '96 won his election for LT. Governor of Virginia. WTOP recapped the results from election night on Tuesday: Link.

  • Tom Nugent '61, the writer who played a significant role in the Emmy nominated Netflix Documentary, 'The Keepers,' has this follow up story in The Crime Report on the murder investigation: Link.

  • David DiLuigi '88 was promoted to group vice president at Wilmington Trust: Link. David is also a member of DeMatha's Board of Directors.

  • Ed Jarrell '99 was selected for attendance to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 69 and ultimate promotion to Sergeant Major.

  • Billy Looney '02 and his wife welcomed the birth of son Blaise on Nov. 4.

  • Mamadi Diane '05 was featured in UVA Today on being a graduate student at Virginia and reflecting on his athletic achievements both at UVA and DeMatha: Link.

  • Dezman Ellis '12 has a new position as a construction standards inspector with the Prince George's County Government.
  • Stag Nite will be held on Wed., Nov. 22.
    • Purchase tickets early as this event will sell out! Purchase Tickets
    • Purchase tickets by check: make check out to DeMatha and mail to 4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD20781 attn: Stag Nite or stop by the Advancement Office
    • $40 per person; tickets must be presented at the event for admission.
    • 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:
  • Richmond Felton '02 is undergoing open heart surgery soon. If possible, please consider donating to help Richmond and his family during this obstacle. Donate.
  • Giant A+ Program:. It is not too late to register your card. We can earn money on purchases through March 15th. Go to DeMatha's ID number is 00583.
  • 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. DeMatha alum and local DJ Chris Styles '97 will be performing as well. If interested in donating to the cause, or being a sponsor, please contact Tommy Paolucci '97 at
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
Between now and Friday, November 17, support DeMatha's food drive by bringing non-perishable food items to the Stag Store and receive 10% off your purchase! Christmas is just around the corner!
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
A most generous bequest has been made to DeMatha by Mr. Bob Kline (father of Ricky '94), who passed away last spring. There was another DeMatha connection: Mr. Kline was the brother-in-law of Mr. Joe Carroll (now in his 48th year at DeMatha) and the uncle to Joe's son,
Chris '86. Chris, who is now a Montgomery County police officer, was also the executor of Mr. Kline's estate.

"Bob always appreciated how much DeMatha nurtured his son," Mr. Carroll said this morning. "After Ricky graduated, Bob and Ricky used to come to DeMatha games, which was a true bonding experience for both...I truly believe that the best four years of Ricky's life have been the four years he spent at DeMatha."

Mr. Carroll said a number of people looked out for Ricky in his time at DeMatha, especially former faculty/staff members Dennis Golden and Patricia Myers. In fact, a look at Ricky's class picture in the '94 yearbook includes a caption with a thank you to Mr. Golden.

DeMatha certainly appreciates the generosity of the Kline family. The school established the St. John de Matha Society 20 years ago to recognize those individuals who are including DeMatha in their wills or estate plans. They are many ways one can make a significant gift
to DeMatha -- a gift they otherwise would not be able to make - through planned giving. Anyone wishing to join the St. John de Matha Society can e-mail If any legal assistance is needed, the school has two alumni attorneys -- Charlie Kenny '68 and
Tim O'Brien '77 -- who might be able to assist. Furthermore, the school will hold a free Estate Planning Seminar in May at a date and time to be named later.
Much has been written about Sid Catlett '67, who recently passed away. We feel compelled to tell one last story. Twenty years ago, when Sid was inducted into the DeMatha Hall of Fame, he concluded his speech in a most unusual (but touching) manner. He chose to sing the chorus of this song, which was a hit by Gladys Knight & The Pips in 1971:

"If anyone should ever write my life story
For whatever reason there might be
You'll be there between each line of pain and glory
'Cause you're the best thing that ever happened to me
You're the best thing that ever happened to me"

Rest in peace Sid.
God Bless,