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DeMatha Express- December 5th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Many thanks to all who participated in our Giving Day on Tuesday. We had a record number of contributors (at least 150)! We will give a more comprehensive update next week. Of course, you can always give online at DeMatha by clicking here: Link. Once again, thank you so very much for your support!
  • Our annual Toy Drive has begun! We are collecting new, un-wrapped 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. The Drive ends on Fri., Dec. 13. Thanks for your generosity!
  • Congrats to seniors Connor Feeley and Nigel Newby on being named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program!
  • The Junior Ring Ceremony will be held TONIGHT at 6pm in the Convocation Center.
  • The WAMTC Band Festival will be held this Saturday, Dec. 7 at Good Counsel HS.
    The festival is free and open to the public. Please come out and support our musicians. Performance times for our bands are: Concert Band at 2:30pm, Symphonic Band at 4:30pm, and Wind Ensemble at 6pm.
  • The Jazz Bands & Percussion Ensembles Concert will be held on Wed., Dec. 11 at Northwestern HS at 7pm. Come out and listen to great music from our student musicians!
  • DeMatha's Director of Library and Media Services, Damon Austin, hosted an 'Evenings With an Author' event at The American Library in Paris (ALP) in November with featured author Beowulf Sheehan, a photographer of portraiture and performance in the arts. Mr. Sheehan's work has been commissioned for publications such as Esquire, The New Yorker, Time, and Vanity Fair, and have been exhibited in venues such as The Dostoevsky Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History.
In Memoriam:
  • Hezekiah Faison Sr., father of Hezekiah '93 and grandfather of Hezekiah '20. Services will be held on Saturday at Trinity AME Zion Church (3505 16th Street NW, Washington D.C.) The Viewing will begin at 10am.
  • Tom Bass, former longtime mayor of Hyattsville: Obituary.
  • Hubie Pearson, father of Blake '99 and father-in-law of Shauna, former DM trainer.
  • Congrats to varsity basketball coach Mike Jones '91 on being named USA Basketball Developmental Co-Coach of the Year! Link.
  • Congrats to varsity football head coach Bill McGregor, who was named the WCAC Co-Coach of the Year!
  • Congrats to the following football Stags for being named All-WCAC!
    1st Team Offense: Jordan White and Marshawn Lloyd.
    1st Team Defense: Coziah Izzard, Jaishawn Barham, Greg Penn, Anton Booth, and Saleed Myers.
    2nd Team Offense: Golden Achumba, Dwayne Allick, Josh Dodd, Ethan Gough, and Daniel Holbrook.
    2nd Team Defense: Colin Mobley, Hezekiah Faison, and Harold Peters.
    Honorable Mentions: Malakai Anthony, Sieh Bangura, MelTeon Davis, Dylan Foster, and Kevin WInston.
  • Congrats to the following soccer Stags for being named All-WCAC!
    1st Team: Diego Gomez and Ben Boucher.
    2nd Team: Edson Demata and Jeremy Kerr.
    Honorable Mentions: Zach Galster, Ian Strehl and Tiago Palin.
  • The varsity basketball team started its season 2-0 with wins over Mount St. Joseph HS and St. Mary's Ryken. The Stags will look to build on this momentum with a road matchup tonight at Carroll at 7:30pm followed by home contests against Top 10 nationally ranked Sunshine Christian Academy (KS) on Sunday at 7:30pm and at O'Connell on Tues., Dec. 10 at 7:30pm. The squad will then face the No. 1 ranked team in the country, Montaverde HS (FL) on Thurs., Dec. 12 at 8pm. The game against Sunrise Christian Academy will broadcast live through Monumental Sports and the Montaverde game will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
  • The prep hockey team defeated Bullis earlier this week to improve to 5-5-1 on the season. The Stags will travel to Jamestown Savings Bank Arena in New York this weekend where the squad will face Rocky River HS (OH) tomorrow at 6:30pm and then Cathedral Prep (PA) on Saturday at 10:15am followed by Ontario Hockey Academy at 5:15pm. DeMatha Hockey is ranked No. 2 in the first Washington Post power rankings of the 2019-20 season. This article was written by Ryan McFadden '15: Link.
  • The varsity swimming team defeated St. Albans earlier this week to improve to 4-1 on the season! The Stags have an away matchup on Saturday at Georgetown Prep followed by another away matchup against St. John's at the University of the District of Columbia on Tues., Dec. 10 at 7pm.
  • The varsity wrestling team kicks off its season tomorrow and Saturday by competing in the Armed Forces Dual Meet at North Hagerstown HS. The Stags will then have a road meet at Bishop McNamara HS on Wed., Dec. 11 at 4pm where the squad will face McNamara and Good Counsel.
  • The varsity indoor track team will start its season by racing at Georgetown Prep in the Georgetown Prep Invitational on Wed., Dec. 11 at 2pm.
Alumni News:
  • Tony Sarro '80 recently became a partner at Chromagraphics, Inc., a printing, mailing and global shipping company in Upper Marlboro, MD.
  • Dave Kolesar '95, an engineer at WTOP, will soon receive the Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award: Link.
  • James Hale '98 recently ran the JFK 50 miles race with a time of 10 hours, 37 minutes and 49 seconds. It is the oldest ultra-marathon in the US.
  • Victor Oladipo '10, guard for the Indiana Pacers, is rumored to be on FOX's The Masked Singer. Here's an SB Nation article about the previous episode: Link.
  • Adam Welzant '12 married Brittany Whitley recently. Other Class of 2012 Stags in attendance included Andrew Hamel, Ian Smith, and Peter Carrera.
  • Terrell Allen '15 scored 15 points in Georgetown's 81-74 win last night over Oklahoma State.
  • Ryan Allen '17 was featured in the The University of Delaware's student newspaper 'The Review' on his journey from playing basketball at DeMatha to now for the Blue Hens: Link.
  • Anthony McFarland '17 will be entering the NFL Draft after playing three years at running back for the University of Maryland: Link.
  • Justin Moore '19 scored 25 points in Villanova's 83-72 win over LaSalle earlier this week: Link.
  • Next Tuesday evening at DeMatha, the Stags will play O'Connell in hoops. In addition, Andrea Chamblee will join us.
    Andrea's husband, John McNamara, was among the journalists who was murdered at the Annapolis Capital a year ago last summer. John, St. John's class of '79, knew DeMatha very well and covered the Stags down through the years for a number of publications. At the time of his death, John was working on a book about the history of high school basketball in the DC area.
    The book obviously contains many DeMatha references and John spent several days at our school several years ago doing research. After John's death, Andrea saw to it that "The Capital of Basketball" was completed. There will be a brief presentation about the book in the Alumni Lounge next Tuesday at 6:30pm.
    Anyone interested in attending will have to buy a $5 ticket which gets you into the DeMatha-O'Connell basketball game. You should also e-mail Teresa Farrell at and let her know you will attend the book event at 6:30pm in the Lounge. Yes, there will be books available for purchase. Andrea will also be on the concourse level for most of the first half and at halftime of the game for anyone interested.
  • 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 advisor.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
As you're looking for that perfect DeMatha present for family and friends, please remember that only your Stag Store sells authentic Federally Trademarked gear, online or in-store. We have also contracted with Squadlocker to sell our Federally Trademarked sports gear. DO NOT order from PrepSportswear.

The Stag Store will be open 6:30pm-8:30pm during home basketball games on the Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. The last day the Store is open this year is Fri., Dec. 20 (open regular hours). If you'd like your order shipped in time for Christmas, please order by Tues., Dec. 17.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
A recent e-mail Brother Josh received from a current parent:

I have a story for you.

Two weeks ago my friend and I were texting via WhatsApp. She is a reservist currently deployed in Afghanistan as a medic. She wasn't in a good place because over the last month she has seen a lot of very wounded young men not much older than my son.

After we finished texting, I knew I needed to do something. She is too early in the deployment to be feeling this sad. She is away until June 2020.

Here is where you come in. The seniors were on retreat receiving their letters (from family members, teachers, coaches, others). I thought who better to understand the value of an unexpected note of encouragement than my son and his friends.

I hosted several students today. I'm so proud to say they wrote 110 Get Well cards and collected five boxes (and counting) of supplies.

I truly believe in my heart the reason they so openly embraced this task was directly related to the senior retreat and the letters their loved ones sent.

So thank you for being the inspiration. While the efforts directly affect the wounded soldiers, my friend will have the ability to help distribute the cards and supplies.

In every way it is clear that it is necessary to help the weak by laboring like this and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, because He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
God Bless,

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