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DeMatha Express- December 12th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Normally we don't start the Express with an athletics story, but the varsity basketball team (No. 11 in the country) takes on top ranked Montverde Academy in a huge matchup TONIGHT in Florida! The game will air on ESPNU at 8pm. Go Stags!
  • The Symphonic Band & Orchestras Winter Concert will be held TONIGHT at Bladensburg HS at 7:30pm. The Wind Ensemble will then have its winter concert on Mon., Dec. 16th at Northwestern HS at 7:30pm. Go Stags!
  • Time is running out to donate to our annual Toy Drive, which concludes at the end of the day tomorrow (Dec. 13)! We are collecting new, unwrapped and non-violent toys for children in need, ages infant-12. Please consider donating this holiday season and place a toy under the Christmas tree in the main school lobby. Thanks for your generosity!
  • The DeMatha Way classes partnered with Catholic Charities this week as they made 2,000 "Cup of Joe" bags for the homeless during this Christmas season.
  • We appreciate the support we receive from the community. During this season of giving, please consider DeMatha! You can give online by clicking here: Link.
    Thanks again to everyone who participated in our Giving Tuesday. The good news is that the response was much greater than we anticipated. The bad news is that we had to order more socks and that many of you will receive the DM socks just after the first of the year. Sorry for the delay. Always good to get a gift after Christmas as well, right?
Prayers Requested:
  • Morgan Wootten called this week. Morgan is at home and has been dealing with a few health issues. He said he heard from many members of the DeMatha community over the past few weeks and it is impossible for he and Cathy to respond to everyone or to send out Christmas greetings as they have done down through the years. But Morgan wants everyone to know that he will "soldier on", that he plans on catching up with everyone in the New Year, and how much his family appreciates the support they have received from the DeMatha family.
In Memoriam:
  • Donna Dudzik, mother of Michael '78
  • Elizabeth Perkins, wife of Paul '55
  • Last Saturday, members of the Ray Smith family gathered at DeMatha for a Memorial Mass said by Father James. Hard to believe it has been 20 years since Ray left us. May he continue to rest in peace.
  • As mentioned above, the varsity basketball team rebounded from a close to loss to Top-10 nationally ranked Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) to defeat O'Connell earlier this week. As mentioned above, the Stags face their toughest test yet as the squad will travel to Florida to face the No. 1 team in the country, Montverde Academy, TONIGHT at 8pm on ESPNU. Go Stags! The Stags will then host Eleanor Roosevelt on Tues., Dec. 17 at 7:30pm. Later this month, the squad will take part in the annual DeMatha Christmas Tournament, taking place in the Convocation Center, from Dec. 27-29. DeMatha will face the Canterbury School, coached by our own Mike Hibbs '80, on Fri., Dec. 27 at 6:30pm. We will provide a full schedule next week.
  • The prep hockey team won two-of-three matchups over the weekend at a tournament in Jamestown, NY, and now have a 7-6-1 record on the season. The Stags will face Spalding tomorrow at Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, MD, at 3:10pm followed by hosting Calvert Hall on Wed., Dec. 18 at 4pm.
  • The varsity swimming team picked up a win earlier this week over St. John's to improve to 5-1 on the season. The Stags will look to keep the momentum going as they face Washington Christian Academy, Edmund Burke School and St. Andrews Episcopal on Tues., Dec. 17 at Trinity College at 4:30pm.
  • The varsity wrestling team competed in the Armed Forces Dual Meet last weekend and the Stags went 5-3 overall with senior Shemar Lewis going undefeated in the event. The Stags then split yesterday's meet by defeating McNamara before falling to Good Counsel. The squad will next compete in the Mountain Ridge Duals at Mountain Ridge HS in Frostburg, MD, tomorrow and Saturday.
  • The varsity indoor track and field team will race tomorrow at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA, at noon.
  • As mentioned last week, Bill McGregor was named WCAC Football Co-Coach of the Year. Here is a story in The Hyattsville Life & Times: Link.
Alumni News:
  • James Brown '69 was interviewed this week by Bethesda Magazine about his life growing up and his career as a broadcaster: Link.
  • Dr. Thomas Hibbs '78, President of the University of Dallas, wrote an essay for The Dallas Morning News last week about the Altamont Music Festival and Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1969: Link.
  • Keith Bogans '99 was promoted by the New York Knicks from their G-League coaching staff to its NBA coaching staff this week under interim head coach Mike Miller.
  • Victor Oladipo '10 was revealed as the 'Thingamajig' in last night's episode of FOX's 'The Masked Singer.' He made it all the way to the semifinals! Link.
  • Mark Diemer '11 married Katherine Evans this past Saturday at Mt St. Mary's, where they had previously met. In addition to Mark's father Craig '79, other Stags in attendance included Vince Jarvie '79, Tom Bailey '82 and Eric Price '79.
  • Anthony Bagley '13, son of L. Anthony Bagley '89, officially graduated from Howard University's Doctor of Physical Therapy School as he received his white coat in a ceremony last week.
  • Gavin Lavat '15, running back for Frostburg University, was named to the 2019 All-MEC Second Team: Link.
  • Chase Young '17 was named earlier this week as one of four Heisman finalists this year! The 2019 Ceremony will air this Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8pm on ESPN. Chase was also named the Chicago Tribune's 2019 Silver Football Winner, becoming the first defensive player from Ohio to win the award in its 95-year history: Link. Chase and the Ohio State Buckeyes will face Clemson in the College Football Playoff on Sat., Dec. 28 at 8pm on ESPN. Chase has received other awards as well and we will provide more details next week.
  • Our second Career Fair will be taking place on Fri., Jan. 3 from 6-8pm in the LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center. Employers, If you would like to RSVP and have a table at the event, please email Ben Fleri '11: and he will put you down on the list. This event will be geared towards former and current DeMatha students to attend. We would like the employer to be a DeMatha alum, or have some ties to the school. Register Now.
Misc. Information:
  • Just in time for the Christmas holiday is a special edition DeMatha Voltbox! The voltbox charges 4 devices at once and the Bluetooth speaker plays music for up to 18 hours. At $99.99, the DeMatha Voltbox is the perfect Christmas gift for students, parents, and alumni. Contact Dennis O'Brien '76 at to get yours this holiday season! Voltbox will contribute a portion of proceeds to DeMatha.
  • If you are 70 1/2 or older you can make a gift directly from your IRA to DeMatha or another qualifying non-profit.You will not receive a tax deduction for your gift but your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) will not be added to your taxable income and will support the programs and students at DeMatha. The gift needs to come directly from the financial institution. Please check with your plan administrator or financial adviser.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
Are you looking for an unusual gift for your DeMatha sports fan? Check out DeMatha's new Rally Towel. 80% polyester/20% polyamide with finger loop. $5: Pay Online.

Remember the Stag Store's last day open before Christmas is Fri., Dec. 20 7:30am-3pm (closed 10:15am-Noon).
That is all.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
From the DeMatha Lacrosse FB Page:

A few years back I was very sick. My son Zach (2016) played on the DeMatha lax team. DeMatha lacrosse, with the help of the team mom (Heather Southward Golczynski), showed up big at Christmas. They found out what my kids wanted for Christmas. They bought, wrapped, and placed gifts under a tree at my house.

I was in the hospital and things weren't going well. On Christmas Day, the hospital was closed to all visitors. My kids couldn't even visit due to a flu outbreak.

The only Christmas celebration we had was the gifts from DeMatha lacrosse. I Skyped with my kids and watched them open the gifts. I couldn't stop the tears. Those Stags even bought me a gift which I still treasure. I was too sick to get gifts for my kids, so those were the only ones!

I had asked them not to do all that for us, but they refused my request. It was a huge gift. At a time that was full of pain and uncertainty, this team took care of us. I can still rarely speak of it without a tear. It was such a great kindness! DeMatha lacrosse is a family. Our boys play a game together (which is headed to championship this year), but we also share life.

At one point I counted up meals DM lax brought to feed my sons, it went over 100 meals!!!! I was sick a long time. DeMatha lax served us over and over. They didn't stop until I got better! That's amazing!

Thank you to all who helped us. Words will never be able to express our gratitude. May God bless your Christmas!

Marleen Taylor

Mom of Zach '16 #10, Matt '20 #5, Timothy '22 #TBD
God Bless,

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