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DeMatha Express- November 16th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Next week's Express will be sent out on Tuesday, Nov. 21., due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • The annual Food Drive is continuing through Friday, Nov. 17. The school is looking to collect 11,000 cans of food for various local charities. If you are interested in helping, you can drop off cans in the main entrance of the school before the end of the day on Friday. We are getting close and can use your help!

  • The speaker for this year's Stag Nite (Nov. 22) is Joe Jacoby, former Washington Redskins standout. See Events Section for details.

  • DeMatha's SGA made sandwiches earlier this week to be donated to the Light House Shelter in Annapolis. The SGA also held a fundraiser to raise money for 12 large turkeys to donate, as a part of the Campus Ministry Food Drive, to the Holy Redeemer Church.

  • NBC4 journalists Shomari Stone and Brooks Meriwether talked with DeMatha Video Broadcasting students about the TV Journalism industry and the art of putting a story together for hard news, sports and entertainment.

  • DeMatha Instrumental Music's Fall Concert for all of the Concert Bands and Percussion Ensemble I will be held at Bladensburg High School tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

  • Seven DeMatha student vocal musicians have been selected to the Prince George's County Honors Chorus. (David Adeleye, Reggie Bailey, Connor Feeley, Xavier Fuller, Isaiah Lindsey, Joseph Teti, and Reggie Zayas) They will perform as part of a concert on Sunday at the University of Maryland College Park campus.

  • Freshman Nathan Bress recently won the 4th level of the Greater Laurel Music Teachers' Association annual Concerto Competition. Here is a portion of Nathan performing the Mozart Concerto in E flat, KV 107: Video.
Prayers Requested:
  • James Joseph Dunn, father of Kevin '78.
  • William Hibbs, father of Thomas '78 and Mike '80.
In Memoriam:
  • David Foggo, father of Fr. Shaun '95, Devin '96 and Brendan '91. There will be a wake on Sunday, Nov. 19 at St. Jerome's from 4-7 pm. The funeral will be held on Monday, Nov. 20 at 10 am at St. Jerome's.
  • Rigoberto Castro and Jack Castro, grandfather and brother, respectively, of former DeMatha student Jerry Castro. Here is an obituary for Jack: Obituary.
  • The funeral for Michael Madden '71, brother of Marty '67, will be held this Saturday at St. Hugh's Church at 11 am with a repast immediately following in Grenoble Hall of St. Hugh's. Obituary.
  • Phil Manglitz, former DeMatha student.
  • Jennie M. Porazzo, mother of Mark '75: Obituary
  • DeMatha football fell to St. John's 17-14 in the WCAC Semifinals on Nov. 11. A tough game! The team finished 6-5 on the season. The Hyattsville Life & Times wrote a recap of the contest: Link.

  • DeMatha swimming defeated Bishop McNamara, 132-34 to begin the season 1-0. The senior class led the way by winning six of eight individual events.

  • DeMatha hockey defeated Archbishop Spalding 7-3 on Wednesday and the team is now 4-0 on the season.

  • DeMatha cross country finished ninth in the MD Private School Championships on Nov. 11 at Georgetown Prep. Senior Matthew Metz finished 18th overall with a time of 18:17 and sophomore John Ahalt finished 29th overall with a time of 19:01.

  • DeMatha crew raced at the Bill Braxton Regatta in Princeton, NJ., on Nov. 12 to conclude the fall season.

  • NBA Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley '73 coached a special wheelchair basketball game at Naval Support Activity in Bethesda last week. WUSA9 covered the event and you can watch it here: Video.

  • Senior Matthew Malits signed his National Letter of Intent last week to play men's golf at Loyola University.
Alumni News:
  • Thomas Hibbs '78, Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, was interviewed on the University's Honors College webpage: Link.

  • A sermon of Fr. Dort Bigg '01 was shown on the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) last month.

  • Seamus Hughes '02, a counter terrorism expert, was interviewed recently on ABC's 20/20: Link.

  • Adam '02 and Frank Lawrence '05 are coaching football for Ron Brown Preparatory High School in Northeast DC. It is the first all-male high school in DCIAA history and the team just completed its first season with a 5-5 record. Adam is the offensive coordinator and Frank is the running backs coach.

  • Austin Phillips 10' is working at The Washington Jesuit Academy in Washington DC as a counselor and football coach.

  • Eric Seith '11 has entered formation with the Carmelites. He is the brother of Fr. Chris Seith '06.
  • Stag Nite will be held on Wed., Nov. 22.
    • Purchase Tickets Online: Link
    • Purchase tickets by check: make check out to DeMatha and mail to 4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781 attn: Stag Nite or stop by the Advancement Office.
    • $40 per person; tickets must be presented at the event for admission; purchase your tickets early as this event sells out!
    • 5pm doors open; 6pm food is served; 7:15pm guest speaker; 10pm event ends
    • Guest Speaker: Joe Jacoby, Former Washington Redskins Standout
    • Location: DeMatha Catholic High School Antler Room
    • Adults Only: Must be 21 to attend! No Exceptions.
    • Admission includes food, beverage, speaker.
    • Notes: There will be NO cigar smoking in the hall; an area will be set up outside for smokers.
    • 4pm the varsity basketball team will be scrimmaging in the (LT) SEAL Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center (vs Flint Hill, VA).
    • Questions: email
  • 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Tues. Dec 5 at 6pm followed by a reception in the Alumni Lounge. Please RSVP to if you are able to attend.
Misc. Information:
  • Giant A+ Program:. It is not too late to register your card. We can earn money on purchases through March 15th. Go to DeMatha's ID number is 00583.
  • Jerami Grant '12, and current member of the NBA's OKC Thunder, has recently formed the Hour Generation Foundation. Its first event is the "2017 Thanksgiving Basket Give-Away." Partnering with DeMatha's Basketball Program, and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Drew Freeman Branch, the foundation will be providing baskets to families in areas of Prince George's County the morning of November 18. DeMatha alum and local DJ Chris Styles '97 will be performing as well. If interested in donating to the cause, or being a sponsor, please contact Tommy Paolucci '97 at
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Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
Late last week, Freddy Anzures '94, a designer at Apple, posted a picture of his DeMatha lock and how it related to his work. We reposted it on DeMatha social media and that item drew much attention.

Down through the years we have done stories about Freddy's lock but (we guess) the story had been forgotten or never heard. So we repeat this missive from 2011 when Freddy spoke
at the Farewell Concert for John Mitchell. Here is the story:

One of the speakers at last week's wonderful Wind Ensemble Concert was none other than Freddy Anzures '94, now a designer with Apple Computers. Freddy played the oboe for three years with the Wind Ensemble and, upon leaving DeMatha, went on to study at Carnegie

After that, he wound up in San Francisco and joined Apple in 2004 and was a part of the design team which assembled the very first iPhone. "Apple and DeMatha both have a focus on being creative with not a lot of red tape," he said. "They protect you from all things that would detract one from being creative."

If you own an iPhone, you would know that the device comes with a slide lock. "I was always making accidental calls with my previous cell phones," Freddy said. "So I designed a way to disable a person from accidentally making a call. The sound the phone's slide lock makes is a lock sound."

And, it seems, that sound may be a noise familiar with virtually any student who has ever attended DeMatha. "I still had my DeMatha combination lock and I recorded what it sounds like when it locks and unlocks," Freddy said. "I used that noise to lock and unlock the iPhone. So when we met Steve Jobs * (Apple's very famous CEO), it resonated with him and the noise stayed with the product. He liked it so much he kept it in the project."

Freddy said he's not really allowed to discuss what he's working on at the moment or whether a future project will include some other DeMatha sound -- be it a Joe Carroll "Sure" or possibly an alarm bell.

We did ask Freddy if DeMatha was eligible to receive any residuals from the now famous "click" of the iPhone. The question was met with a smile.

Freddy says he is interested in digitizing the music of DeMatha down through the years, and, through the magic of his iPad, at last week's concert, we heard a brief snippet of Freddy playing the oboe from a DeMatha album (yes album) recorded some 18 years ago.

We will leave it up to Freddy to see what other things he can 'unlock' as he further progresses in his career. We are sure that something else will, in fact, click.

*Steve Jobs passed away a few years ago.
God Bless,