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DeMatha Express- December 21st
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • This is our last Express until 1/4/18. We hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .
  • We do know that many of you like to contribute to DeMatha before the end of the calendar year. Here is your online giving link: Link. Of course you can always mail a check to DeMatha, made payable to the school, and sent to: Advancement Office DeMatha Catholic High School 4313 Madison Street Hyattsville, MD 20781. Thank you for your support!

  • Hank Stawinski '86, the Police Chief in Prince George's County, will be the speaker at DeMatha's Commencement in June. Hank's mother, Peggy, is a longtime DeMatha staff member.

  • The St. John de Matha Day Celebration was held last Friday with a mass and concert. You can watch a short photo gallery of the event here: Link. Danny Ferry '85 delivered a speech after receiving the St. John de Matha Medal and having his basketball jersey framed at DeMatha as part of St. John de Matha Day last week. You can watch the speech here: Video. You can also watch a video summation of the St. John de Matha Day celebration here: Video.

  • Here's a great story of the Washington Wizards' John Wall helping a DeMatha family though a tough time. The story appeared on NBC4: Link.

  • Freshman Lance Bigelow, an AML survivor, will be the Honored Student of the Year in DC at the 2018 Leukemia Ball. Congrats to Lance! Dave DiLuigi '88 will be the co-chair of the Leukemia Ball.

  • The Hyattsville Life & Times wrote a story on the late Jack Bruen, former DeMatha teacher and coach: Link.

  • Read down further for information about DeMatha's first-ever Career Fair.
Prayers Requested:
  • Kimberly Harris, wife of Edmund '82.
In Memoriam:
  • Theresa Stark, mother of Kenneth '79 and Christopher '80: Obituary.
  • Seven DeMatha football seniors signed their Letters of Intent yesterday! Here are a few photos from the event: Link. There will be a full signing in February, which will include soccer.

  • DeMatha basketball defeated both St. John's and The Heights School in the past week to move to 6-0 on the season. The team will next host O'Connell on Friday at 7:30 pm and then will play at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC over the break. You will be able to stream it live at the link: Link.

  • Victor Oladipo '10 was featured on ESPN's The Woj Pod to break down his great start to the current NBA season with the Indiana Pacers: Link.

  • The DeMatha Indoor Track team finished second at the Bishop Loughlin Games in Staten Island, NY this weekend. The 4x200m relay team of juniors Dieon and Damon Green and seniors Naim Muhammad and Brendon Stewart finished 1st in the event with a time of 1:30.42, qualifying for nationals.

  • DeMatha hockey is currently 9-5-1 on the season and will next take on Calvert Hall at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena on Friday at 3:45 pm.

  • DeMatha swimming competed in the Robert Sawyer Invitational at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday and the team finished sixth overall out of more than 30 other schools.

  • DeMatha wrestling will compete in the Damascus Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27 starting at 8am at Damascus High School.

  • DeMatha lacrosse and hockey teams participated in the Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery last weekend to lay wreaths and visit LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney's '99 grave. The lacrosse team also volunteered at the Prince George's County Police Department with Toys for Tots helping to distribute the toys to needy families.

  • Sydney Reyes '18 has made the Amateur Athletic Union Taekwondo National Team. He is ranked No. 2 in the US by the AAU.

  • DeMatha soccer will be holding a Christmas Eve pick-up game for soccer team alumni, from 10-12pm at Elizabeth Seton High School. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the following google form to sign-up. Link.
Alumni News:
  • Bill Humbert '67 was interviewed on Park City Television to discuss how employees feel on their first day at a new job: Link.
  • Walter W. Green '90, the president of the Prince George's County Bar Association, was recently the featured speaker at a session of the Court of Appeals of Maryland for the swearing in of a group of new attorneys to the practice of law in Maryland.
  • CJ Dinsmore '14 has authored his 1st book, "A Warrior's Umbra," about a young child with a special talents who finds himself lost on another planet. Available on Amazon. Link.
  • Austin Bailey '10 is a corporate recruiter at NewDay USA, a mortgage refinancing company for veterans.
  • Sean Doyle '14 is a captain for the Robert Morris University lacrosse team this year in his senior season and has maintained a 3.5 GPA.
  • 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
  • The first Red and Blue Meetup, a networking event for alums hosted by Andrew Nugent '11 and Matt Miller '08, will be on Jan. 16, 2018 from 7-9pm at Nick's Riverside Grill in Georgetown! Alumni are cordially invited to attend the event! Please sign up via Eventbrite. Link. A signup link for the event will also soon be posted on DeMatha's Instagram account.
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. Note: There is no fee to participate (This is a change from an original posting). 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 (
  • DeMatha alum with considerable experience as a TV producer is looking to work for or with companies that are looking for an experienced person to produce promotional films. Contact
  • From another DeMatha related person looking for an opportunity: "My experience is in project/office management. That really means that I've been doing everything from A-Z. My strength at DISA was working with the Services (Army,Navy,etc.) and the Pentagon to coordinate requirements and development of software systems. I am a people person. I am NOT an engineer, which I was often mistaken for. I am looking for something to manage or help build, preferably not IT. I also have people management skills."
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
The Stag Store will be open for the following days and times leading up to the Christmas holiday:

Thursday, Dec. 21: 8:00am-2:00pm
Friday, Dec. 22: 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 23: 9:00am-1:00pm

The Stag Store will re-open after the holidays on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
My daughter told me that many of her friends have never seen the movie, "It's A Wonderful Life." I find that unfortunate. Though the film may be old fashioned, corny, and sentimental, it seems that the movie's message still resonates -- that one life can have a real impact on the lives of others. Indeed, in the snarky Twitter universe we now reside, that message bears repeating.

Without question, the holidays can be hard on us all. =Some of us may feel left out -- after all, aren't we all getting a luxury car for Christmas? Or, how come our family gatherings do not resemble a Norman Rockwell painting? I think some of us are haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past as we recall celebrations of previous years and we remember - and grieve -- that we have lost loved ones down through the years.

In the movie, "It's A Wonderful Life," the main character, Harry Bailey, is in utter despair on a snowy bridge wondering how his life has unraveled. Surely, we all have been in a similar situation where we have seemingly hit rock bottom. Of course, Harry is rescued by an
angel who shows him exactly what his life -- and the lives of others -- would have been like had he not been born.

I am not sure it takes a supernatural gift for us all to step back from our daily lives and contemplate the same question. How would things be if we never existed? In the course of any given day, how many people do we interact with?

Perhaps the greatest gift you can ever give at Christmas -- or any other time for that matter -- is the gift of yourself. A kind word, gesture, or a random act of kindness is more likely to go further than any possible material present. Maybe even a Lexus! And for those of you (us) in despair, your gift may be in allowing others to help you through your darkest hours.

So, yes, let there be peace on earth, and let that peace begin with each of us.

Merry Christmas.

"I wish you joy and hearts content and freedom from all strife A hearthstone where your days are spent with those who light your life I wish you love that never ends may all your troubles cease But my fondest wish for you my friend is a heart and soul at peace"

"Wishes" by Tommy Makem
God Bless,