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DeMatha Express- April 12th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • The Music Department will be traveling to Pigeon Forge, TN, today to participate in the Pigeon Forge Music Festival. Good luck to our student instrumental and vocal musicians, faculty and chaperones who will be attending this trip. They will return on Sunday morning.
  • The Jazz Ensemble Concert, due to previous inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Wed., April 18 at Hyattsville Middle School at 7:30pm.
  • Senior Jordan Jeletic earned his Eagle Scout rank in December. His Service Project was to create an electronic map, spreadsheet, and photographic record of the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery in Bowie as well as clean up the wooded portion of the cemetery.
  • Junior violist Zach Shieh will participate in a 'Next Generation' showcase on April 22 at 3pm at the John Kendall Recital Hall in Takoma Park, MD. More info about the event and for tickets can be found at the Broadway World website: Link.
  • The last junior retreat of the year was held on Tuesday with the students making sack lunches for those in need at Central Union Mission in DC.
  • The DPO Mother-Son Brunch will be held on April 22. Guest speaker will be Jonathan Mason '08, a great student athlete at DeMatha and Harvard and now an entrepreneur.
Prayers Requested:
  • There have been an awful number of tragedies involving our military in training accidents recently. Please keep the family members of the fallen - and the fallen - in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Rob Ballard '80 is traveling to Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon to serve Syrian children and families with Heart for Lebanon organization: Link. He is serving with Global X as the US base mission organization and they are working with the Heart for Lebanon on this mission to help fill needs and bring HOPE.
In Memoriam:
  • Joseph Navalaney, grandfather of Anthony '01 and John '05: Obituary.
  • The baseball team's three game winning streak ended after a 9-3 loss to St. John's yesterday, which brings the Stags to a 5-5 record on the season. The team has a busy week ahead starting with Bishop Ireton tonight at 6pm at Ireton before traveling to face Boston College High School on Friday at 4:30pm.
  • The lacrosse team won a tightly contested 13-12 game on Tuesday at St. John's to improve to 8-3 on the season. The Stags scored a goal to send the game into overtime with one second left! The team will host Good Counsel today at 3:30pm at Heurich Field before a road matchup against The Heights School next Monday at 4pm and at Bishop Ireton next Tuesday at 4pm.
  • The golf team rebounded from a tough 6-2 loss to Gonzaga earlier this week to beat Good Counsel 6.5-2.5 on Tuesday. The team is 2-2 on the season and will next face Academy of the Holy Cross today at Argyle Country Club at 3:30pm before taking on Paul VI next Monday at Woodmore.
  • The rugby team got a big win over St. John's on Tuesday 55-7. The first league victory in over three years! The team is 3-3 on the season and will next host Georgetown Prep on Tues., April 17 at 4pm at Heurich Field.
  • The crew team raced in the Manny Flick #3 Race last weekend in Philadelphia and the varsity 8+ boat placed 4th out of 12 boats in the entire event and 2nd in their heat. The team will next compete in Princeton, NJ at the Lake Mercer Sprints on April 21 and 22.
  • The tennis team defeated The Heights School 6-3 on Tuesday to improve to 1-1 on the season. We will give more of a recap on the team next week.
  • DeMatha basketball finished the season ranked No. 4 in MaxPrep's high school hoops rankings for the 2017-18 season: Link.
  • Mike Jones '91 will be the head coach of the US U-19 team at the prestigious Nike Hoops Summit, which will air on Friday night at 10pm on ESPN2: Link.
  • Senior Brendon Stewart of the track team announced yesterday that he will attend the University of Southern California in the fall. He was also interviewed by track website MileSplit on Wednesday: Link.
  • Senior Sydney Reyes competed in the German Taekwondo Open and lost a close 6-5 matchup against a 26-year-old fighter ranked No. 79 by the World Taekwondo Association.
Alumni News:
  • Dr. Wayne Cascio '73 has been named the director of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He remains active in clinical cardiology and maintains his appointment as a Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Mike Brey '77 received a contract extension this week with the Notre Dame men's basketball program: Link.
  • Dave Floyd '88 was featured in this Baltimore Sun story on how he is bringing a unique technology project to schools in Howard County: Link.
  • Dr. Ray Pensy '91 was featured extensively in this Washington Post story on the recovery of a Baltimore city police officer after being shot on duty in 2014: Link.
  • Mike Pegues '96 is now an assistant basketball coach at Louisville. He had previously been at Xavier.
  • Paul Rabil '04 returned to the old 'DustBowl' where he talked about his lacrosse days at DeMatha in a new blog video: Video.
  • Ross Noone '06 got married last weekend with many Stags in attendance.
  • Patrick Sheerin '13 is a legislative assistant with the National Automobile Dealers Association.
  • Make sure to check out the Army-Navy lacrosse game on CBS Sports this Saturday at noon. There will be a feature at halftime on Johnny Surdick '14 of Army and the late Brendan Looney '99 of Navy.
  • Robby Napoli '15 and the Gettysburg College Choir recently performed his original composition 'Lux Aeterna' at their Spring Tour Concert: Video.
  • Markelle Fultz '16, a rookie for the Philadelphia 76ers, became the youngest player In NBA history to record a triple-double after last night's 130-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks: Link. Markelle had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists off the bench.
  • Come out to Purse Bingo on April 14 to benefit the DeMatha crew team. Send your wife, mother, or other out for a night of BINGO with designer purses as prizes. Coach, Michael Kors, and other brand name product. $20 for 20 games. Gift baskets, raffles, door prizes, food and beverages available. Doors open at 6pm, games start at 7pm.
  • The 2018 Art & Photography Show will take place on Sun., April 22 from 3-5pm in the upper floor hallway of the Convocation Center. Come out and see the work of our talented students, faculty/staff and alumni!
  • You are invited to join the DeMatha Rugby family and explore your inner "Picasso" for a fun evening of painting. Seating is limited so please do not hesitate to register by April 25, space is limited: Register: The cost is $40 and includes:
    • Take home canvas
    • On-site paint supplies
    • Adult beverages & soft drinks
    • Hors d'oeuvres and desserts
  • There will be a free Estate Planning Seminar on May 14 at 7pm in the McMahon Library on campus for members of the DeMatha community who are interested in learning more about wills, trusts, etc. Please contract if you are interested in attending.
  • DeMatha will honor Mr. John Mitchell on May 21 at 5:30 pm with a reception to be held in the Trinitarian Plaza outside of the Brendan McCarthy '64 Music Center. A plaque acknowledging Mr. Mitchell's achievements in his 41 years as full-time music instructor at DeMatha will be unveiled. Please contact to RSVP.
Misc. Information:
  • Alumni and friends of DeMatha will gather at Rosie O'Grady's in New York City on Thursday, April 19 starting at 5:30pm. Please e-mail if you plan to attend. If you are in the area, please stop by.
  • Holy Redeemer School in College Park is proud to present The Big Bad Musical, its annual play starring the 8th Grade Students. This is a great event for the whole family to come and watch and is free of charge. Showings are May 10 & 11 in the Four Seasons Room at 7pm.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
  • It's always the right time to celebrate Mothers! Why wait until May? This Ladies Stag Scarf is the perfect gift and at just $25, you both will love it! Pay Online.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
A group of alumni, mainly those who attended DeMatha in the late 1960's, will gather for lunch tomorrow at Ledo's in College Park at noon. The event, to no surprise, is being organized by Charlie Kenny '68. (Anyone is welcome, by the way).
Charlie is the President of the DeMatha Alumni Association and is a longtime officer of that organization. He is now a member of the school's Board of Directors. For 25 years, Charlie has served as the moderator for the school's very successful Mock Trial team. Every other year Charlie (along with Tim O'Brien '77) hold an Estate Planning Seminar for the school. Charlie's grandsons are graduates, as are several of his brothers, nephews, cousins, friends, and brother-in-law. Talk about a true Stag!
About a year ago, several of Charlie's classmates wanted to do something to honor him for his longtime service to the school (among other things). They decided to set up a Mock Trial "Chair" to raise money in Charlie's name with the funds to support the Mock Trial team long after Charlie has retired as moderator (like maybe 20 years from now :). Anyway, about a quarter of the funds required to set up this initiative have been received thus far and an effort continues to get this idea fully established. All donors will be recognized on a plaque that will be displayed in the Alumni Lounge.
Has Charlie helped you in some way down through the years? Have you been a member of the Mock Trial team? Are you a judge, attorney, or in the legal field in some capacity? If so, please consider supporting this effort! You can mail a check to the school, made payable to DeMatha (putting 'Charlie Kenny' in the reference section), and send to DeMatha Advancement 4313 Madison Street Hyattsville, MD 20781. You can also give online by clicking here (putting 'Charlie Kenny' in the comments section): Donate Online

The plan is to unveil the plaque at the class of '68 Reunion on May 31, so, therefore, if you want your name on the plaque that evening, your donation must be in by May 3. (However, there will be room on the plaque for additional donations after that date).
Thank you so much for your consideration to help honor someone who has worked so tirelessly for DeMatha down through the years. One DeMatha!
PS: Yes, Charlie knows about this effort and, even if we tried to keep the secret above, we know he would find out anyway.
Speaking of longtime supporters, there will be a reception tonight at Ledo's in College Park for Deno Campbell '81, who, as we have mentioned before, is moving on to coach football at St. Frances. The event is from 5:30-8 and will be very casual (just like Deno off the field). You can pay as you go and beverage prices will be very affordable. This event is just a way for people to come together and wish Deno well in his future endeavors. The only constant in this life is change and this night will be a very positive one recognizing Deno for all he has done down through the years.
Of that, we looked it up. Deno was a student-athlete at DeMatha from 1977-81. He has coached football here from 1985-2017. As either a player or a coach, Deno was a part of 19 football championships and four baseball titles. His brother, Darin '85, was a part of one football championship and two baseball titles. Of course, Deno's deceased parents, Bernie and Hazel, volunteered at the school for over 30 years. Suffice to say, the Campbell family is one of the great DeMatha families.
We look forward to gathering with folks tonight.
God Bless,