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DeMatha Express- December 19th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • This is our last Express until Jan. 9 in 2020. We hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks again for your support! We do know that people like to contribute during this Christmas season. Here is the link to our giving site: Link.
  • The St. John de Matha Day Celebration was held on Tuesday with a great Mass and concert. You can view a short photo gallery of the event here: Link. Victor Roy '85 was this year's recipient of the St. John de Matha Medal. We hope to have video of Vic's speech in early January.
  • DeMatha's Student Government Association raised over $1,800 during No Shave November this year. The funds are going to the non-profit organization Hero Dogs, service dogs for veterans.
  • Senior Oslyn Mejia received this year's Johnny McKee '67 Memorial Scholarship! The award is given to a student who demonstrated integrity, dependability, responsibility, and a strong work ethic. Johnny McKee was a wonderful volunteer at DeMatha for several years.
  • Sophomore Keyvar Smith-Herold (clarinet) and junior Adam Zgol (bassoon) performed in Carnegie Hall on Dec. 5 with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Prayers Requested:
  • Tyler Joseph Grondalski, son of Chris '05.
  • Morgan Wootten.
    This is a Facebook posting two days ago by Cathy Stamper, DM alumni parent and Morgan's daughter:

    "Dad is fighting some infections but is stable and has a great team of doctors who are working with his wonderful wife, Kathy Wootten, is by his side....Please keep him and mom in your prayers."

    While we did not post where Morgan is, still the family requests no visitors at this time. Thank you.
In Memoriam:
  • Juliana Deregla, grandmother to Fitzgerald '98 & John '00.
  • Walton Egelanian, father of Walton '85: Obituary.
  • Mary E. Locker, mother of Glenn Locker '81 and aunt of William Rogers '77.
  • Levita Mair, mother of Jeff '76: Obituary.
  • John (Jack) McAuliffe, father of Sean '79, father-in-law of Sean Curran '77, grandfather of Sean Curran '03. Other DM connections as well: Obituary.
  • Margaret Stehle, mother of Bernie '78, also related to former staff member Chris Bertram: Obituary.
  • John Wang, father-in-law to John Deregla '00
  • Due to there being no Express for the next two weeks due to Christmas Break, please check out the DeMatha website for the schedules of all of the winter sports teams: Link.
  • The varsity basketball team defeated Eleanor Roosevelt HS earlier this week to improve to 5-2 on the season. The Stags' next game will be at home against Canterbury HS (FL), coached by Mike Hibbs '80 on Fri., Dec. 27 at 6:30pm as part of the DeMatha Holiday Hoops Tournament. The tourney is held Dec. 27-29. Check our social media accounts for additional updates.
  • The prep hockey team defeated Calvert Hall 4-0 yesterday to improve to 8-6-2 on the season. The Stags host O'Connell tomorrow at 5:30pm and will then play in a tournament at Mt. St. Charles Prep (RI) from Dec. 27-29. The annual DeMatha Hockey Alumni Game will take place this Saturday, Dec. 21 starting at 6pm at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. DM Hockey Alumni can register to play here: Link.
  • The varsity swimming team is now 10-1 on the season after defeating five schools (Edmund Burke, St. Andrews Episcopal, Riverdale Baptist, Washington Christian Academy, and Rockbridge Academy) at a meet earlier this week. The squad will compete tomorrow evening in the Robert Sawyer Invitational before a break until their next match against Paul VI on Jan. 9.
  • The varsity wrestling team ended up not competing in the Mountain Ridge Duals last weekend due to the event being cancelled because of weather. The Stags will next wrestle in the Damascus Holiday Tournament at Damascus HS from Dec.27-28.
  • The indoor track and field team competed in a meet at Mercersburg Academy (PA) last weekend. Some highlights from the meet include senior Brian West winning the 200m Finals at 22.91 seconds, the 4x400m relay team (Dawson Grogan, Sean Whitfield, James Hudson, and Jayden Garrett) finishing second at 3 minutes and 38 seconds, and senior CJ Page finishing first in the Long Jump Finals!
  • Congrats to the following Stags who were named Washington Post All-Mets for the past fall season! Football (Defense) 2nd Team: senior Coziah Izzard and Honorable Mention: junior Antoine Booth. Football (Offense) 2nd Team: MarShawn Lloyd and Honorable Mention: senior Jordan White. Soccer 2nd Team: junior Diego Gomez.
  • The 3rd annual DeMatha Christmas Eve Soccer Alumni game will be held from 10:30am-12:30pm at Elizabeth Seton HS. All soccer alumni are invited and can register using the online link here: Link. Look forward to having everyone there!
  • Senior Ben Boucher was named the 2019 Prince George's County Boys Soccer Player-of-the-Year!
Alumni News:
  • The latest book from author Mike Mewshaw '61, 'The Lost Prince', made the list for the PEN Intl Biography Award!
  • Mike Brey '77, head men's basketball coach at Notre Dame, coached his 800th career game last weekend and became the 25th active coach to reach the milestone
  • The late Brendan Looney '99 was featured as a part of this Washington Post story about the Army-Navy game and the military patches that ever Navy football player wears: Link.
  • Jerami Grant '12, forward for the Denver Nuggets, was featured in this story about how happy he is to see Markelle Fultz '16 taking off with the Orlando Magic: Link.
  • Chris Ordoobadi '13 signed this fall to play for the Olofstrom Steelers in Olofstrom, Sweden.
  • Cameron Bailey '14 graduated yesterday with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.
  • Terrell Allen '15 was featured on the Georgetown Basketball blog 'Thompson's Towel' about his strong start to the season for the Hoyas: Link.
  • Nick Cross '19 was featured in The Diamondback about how he now starts int he secondary for the University of Maryland football team: Link.
  • 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.
  • The Lux Choir, formed by several DeMatha alums, have two free concerts coming after Christmas on Sun., Jan. 5 at the Cavalry United Methodist Church in Frederick, MD, at 3pm and then on Fri., Jan. 10 at St. Jerome's Church in Hyattsville, MD, at 7pm. More information on the concerts and registration can be found here: Link.
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.
  • Catholic Charities D.C. has started recruitment for our 2020 summer internship program and the organization is interested in having DeMatha alumni apply for one of their available positions. Opportunities across the entire agency range from Development and Communications to Immigrant Support Services, and many others. Applications are due by March 13t. Students will serve from May 26 - Aug. 7. Those interested can apply here: Link.
  • 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:
Down to the wire with no idea what to get your Stag? Give a DeMatha Gift Card. Purchase online in increments of $50 or in-store for any amount! (Select Store Pickup and email me if you want it mailed)
Remember, the Store will be closed after Friday, December 20th until Tuesday, January 7th. Merry Christmas to all!
That is all.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
Once again, we would like to thank the entire DeMatha community for its support throughout the year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year:

We conclude today with a few quotes:

"Have you any old grudges you would like to pay,
Any wrongs laid up from a bygone day?
Gather them now and lay them away
When Christmas comes.
Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend,
And life is short from beginning to end;
Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mend
When Christmas comes."

"Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most, and then let each put in his share. Loving kindness, warm hearts and the stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth."

"Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."

The last quote is from the late Mister Rogers (children's TV host), who once was asked how to help children deal with a tragedy. His advice, we believe, actually works for us all:

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." - Mister Rogers
God Bless,

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