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DeMatha Express- December 14th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • There is but one day left to our "One DeMatha, One Christmas" Drive. The good news is that we have surpassed our goal of 225 donors. Thank you so much to everyone who has participated thus far! There is still a day left to participate! Here is the Giving Link: Donate Online
    • At this point, the class of '88 has a large lead in terms of participation. The horse race is in which class will contribute the most total dollars. Here are the four classes in the mix: 1975, 1980, 1988, 1977. As we mentioned yesterday, we are giving out two prizes per day to individual donors. Yesterday's winners were: Mary Legan, parent-alum and Tim Miller '80 and current parent. We will send out a final e-mail tomorrow after 1pm with the complete results of the Drive. Many thanks again!
  • The Feast Day of St. John de Matha is on Sunday. The school will celebrate tomorrow with a liturgy and a concert. Danny Ferry '85 is this year's recipient of the St. John de Matha Medal for his support of the school.

  • The Wind Ensemble Fall Concert is at 7:30 pm tonight at Northwestern HS. (Note location: last week's Express' location of Bladensburg HS for the concert was incorrect.)

  • Junior Andrew and Sophomore Joe Takacs received the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time earlier this week in the DeMatha chapel.

  • Sophomore Zahir Muhammad recently participated in the National K-12 Chess Championships in Orlando.

  • The annual Toy Drive concluded earlier this week with over 250 donated toys to be contributed to local charities. Thank you for your support!

  • Read down further for information about DeMatha's first-ever Career Fair.
Prayers Requested:
  • Joe Lasick '53
In Memoriam:
  • The Washington Post released its Fall All-Met selections this week. Senior Justin Gielen was named Soccer Player-of-the-Year: Link. Senior Evan Gregory was named first team All-Met for football (offense) while senior Austin Fontaine was named second team and junior DeMarcco Hellams was named an honorable mention: Link. Also, senior John Morgan was named an honorable mention All-Met for football (defense): Link.

  • DeMatha basketball defeated Oak Ridge (FL) 84-67 and Archbishop Wood (PA) 80-70 last weekend as part of the Hoops Fest tournament that featured several high-quality national teams. The team was then victorious over Carroll 71-47 on Tuesday and now has a 4-0 mark on the season. The team will travel to play St. John's on Friday at 7:30 pm and will then host The Heights School on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.

  • DeMatha hockey lost a close 2-1 game to Churchill on Wednesday and the team now has a 9-5-1 record on the season. The Washington Post wrote a recap of the game: Link. The team will next travel to take on Calvert Hall on Dec. 22 at 3:45 pm.

  • The DeMatha indoor track team won the 4x200m relay at the Ursinus Open last weekend. Juniors Drion Green, Damon Green and Adrian Hood, as well as freshman Kenny Dudley, made up the winning team.

  • DeMatha wrestling competed in the Armed Forces Duals in Hagerstown last weekend where senior Jason Robertson and junior Ty Kane were undefeated at 4-0 apiece. The team then defeated Bishop MacNamara, but lost to Good Counsel on Wednesday. The team will next wrestle at the Damascus Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.

  • DeMatha swimming defeated Bishop Ireton 121-46 on Monday to improve to 5-2-1 on the season and 3-0-1 in WCAC play. The team will next travel to Greensboro, NC., for the Robert Sawyer Invitational.

  • Mike Brey '77 was featured in an article in The Delaware News Journal on his recent trip to his early coaching roots at the University of Delaware: Link.

  • Victor Oladipo '10, a guard for the Indiana Pacers, was named NBA Eastern Conference Player-of-the-Week for the second time this season last week.

  • Kellon Taylor '16 featured in PittsburghSportsNow on his sophomore season with Duquesne basketball: Link.

  • Senior Kai Joseph committed to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to play baseball.
Alumni News:
  • Mark Russo '94 was recently selected as the Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers' Association Section Teacher-of-the-Year.
  • Faculty member Paul Clark '01 and his wife Julia welcomed their son Edward May Clarke into the world last Sunday.
  • Victor Policarpio '05 has recently started working as a senior business analyst for Tech-Marine Business, Inc., in Washington D.C.
  • The DM Alumni Hockey Game will be held on Dec. 17 at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel. Check-in will begin at 5:30 pm with game running approximately from 6:30-8 pm and then followed by a post-game reception. If you are a DM hockey alum who is interested in attending and/or playing, please RSVP to Tony MacAulay at on or below Fri., Dec. 15. You can also register at
  • DeMatha Crew will be holding its annual Christmas party for Crew alumni and alumni parents on Dec. 23 in the Kilby Alumni Lounge at DeMatha from 5-8 pm. Please RSVP to Coach Andrew Bright at
1st DeMatha Career Fair:
The DeMatha Alumni Association will host its 1st Career Fair on Fri., Jan. 5 from 6-8pm in the LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center. DeMatha graduates currently in their junior and senior years of college looking for internships and full-time employment and younger post-graduate alums looking for a job change and/or advancement are encouraged to attend at no fee. Please bring your resumes and dress will be business attire (Required). This will be an ideal situation where you can begin to hone your interview skills and interact with potential employers.

All employers who would like the opportunity to discuss their job opportunities and recruit our bright, motivated younger DeMatha graduates will have a table set up for their use. We ask each employer to contribute $100 to be a part of this new initiative. Space will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and we are also looking to provide varied career options to our graduates.

Employers in the public sector field (law enforcement, teaching, fire, etc.), non-profit sector and private sector (law, accounting, architecture, banking, investment, journalism, etc.) are all welcome. This is a great opportunity to share information about your organization and the positions you have available, and build your brand.

It should be a great night and we hope you will wish to participate. Any employer able to hire, or are hiring at this time, and are interested in participating should email Teresa Farrell at Any young alums interested in attending should also RSVP to Please indicate your graduation year.

Misc. Information:
  • The Varsity Basketball Team is traveling to Wheeling, WV on Sat., Jan. 6 to participate in the 11th Annual Cancer Research Classic game and to Springfield, MA on Sun., Jan. 14 to participate in the Spaulding Hoop Hall Classic game. We want you on board! Come join us for a stress-free trip to support and cheer on the team. Ride in relaxing comfort and a fun atmosphere with other Stag parents. To register, click here for: Wheeling, WV and/or here for: Springfield, MA. The cost for each trip is $60/pp. Payment link: Pay Online For more information, please contact Derek Richmond ( or Carol Vance (

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That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
Brief presentation this morning as senior Malcolm Stidham was presented with the Johnny McKee '67 Memorial Scholarship. On hand with Malcolm were Father James and Johnny's wife, Carol, who is now in her 21st year working in DeMatha's Counseling Center.

This is the seventh year the Scholarship has been awarded. It is funded by the Plumbers and Gasfitters UA Local 5, where Johnny was the longtime Business Manager before he retired. His successor remains on the job today, Jim Killeen '77.

After Johnny retired, he sadly learned that he had ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Despite the obvious setbacks from that awful disease, Johnny volunteered several days a week at DeMatha and he was very noticeable in his scooter getting around campus. It was Johnny who made the very first presentation of the Scholarship in 2011. Later, on December 26th of that same year, he passed away.

At Johnny's funeral (which was held in the Looney Convocation Center), his son Shawn '89 said this about his dad, "My father never shied away from telling his family how much he loved them. He always made everyone feel loved and important. On Christmas day, dad said to my mother and me, 'I am truly a lucky man.' Even in the face of death, John was grateful for having lived such a wonderful life and having been so dearly loved."

This year's recipient, Malcolm Stidham, came to DeMatha in his junior year after his mother had passed away from cancer. He had been living in the Virginia Beach area. His mother was a social worker, and, upon her passing, Malcolm gave away most of the family belongings to her employer.

Malcolm lives now with his grandmother in DC. He says he wants to be a doctor someday and is looking at several colleges, including Mt. St. Mary's. He is a power lifter and is ranked #6 nationally in his age and weight class.

When Johnny and Carol McKee were married, their reception was held in the Antler Room. The DeMatha ties run deep. It is here in each week's Express, we talk often of the DeMatha brotherhood. The events in this missive are clear examples of that brotherhood -- through Johnny, Carol, Shawn, Jim Killeen, and the young men who have been awarded the
Scholarship, including this latest recipient, Malcolm, who, one day, can pay it forward.
God Bless,