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DeMatha Express- October 17th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • There was a great turnout at the Kaleidoscope Concert last weekend as John Moylan and John Mitchell were also honored for starting the school's music program 50 years ago.
  • If you have had a loved one who passed away in the last year and would like them remembered at our Mass on the morning of Fri., Nov. 1 at 10am, please email Teresa Farrell at by Oct. 29. You are also welcome to attend.
  • Our Open House will be held on Sun., Nov. 3 starting at 10:30am. This is a great chance for prospective students and their families to come visit the campus, meet the faculty/staff and current students and get an idea of what it means to be a part of DeMatha and a part of this One Strong Brotherhood. Please contact for any questions about this event. There will also be an Admissions Information Session for prospective students on Tues., Oct. 29 at 7pm in the Kilby Alumni Lounge. Again, contact the Admissions Office for any questions.
  • Interested in having your son get the DeMatha experience? Sign up for our Stag-for-a-Day program! Link.
In Memoriam:
  • Vern Allen '74.
  • Charles Gary, grandfather of Xavier '20.
  • Kyle Lallis '87, brother of Brandon '93 and Jason '00. The funeral will be Monday at St. Matthias with the Viewing at 10am and Mass at 11am. Kyle was a great Stag and person. We were shocked and saddened to learn of his death this week.
  • Tanya A. Morton, mother of Delonte '11.
  • Agnes Padden, mother of Robert. Robert is a friend and supporter of DeMatha.
  • The varsity football team has a road matchup at Gonzaga on Saturday at 2pm. Gates at the stadium will open at noon and seats will be first-come, first-serve. The game will be broadcast through 1st Amendment Sports, which includes Tim Strachan '94. The Stags are also ranked No. 1 in the latest Washington Post power rankings: Link.
  • The varsity soccer team defeated Ireton earlier this week and now has a record of 3-6-3 on the season. The Stags will look to continue their second half push with a home matchup against St. John's at 3pm tomorrow at The Fields at RFK, followed by hosting Carroll on Tues., Oct. 22 at 3:30pm.
  • The cross country team raced last weekend in the Glory Days Grill Invitational and the Stags were led by junior James Hudson with a time of exactly 18 minutes and senior Thomas Parsons at 18 minutes and 23 seconds. The Stags will finish out the season with the WCAC Championships on Oct. 26 at Bull Run Regional Park.
  • The crew team raced in the Occoquan Challenge last weekend and finished sixth with an overall time of 16 minutes and 59 seconds. The Stags will next race in the Head of the Hooch on Nov. 2.
Alumni News:
  • Dr. Thomas Hibbs '78, President of the University of Dallas, wrote an opinion piece this week in The Dallas Morning News on what the true importance of college education should be: Link.
  • Carl James '80 was inducted last weekend into the Breakthru Beverage/BrownForman 1870 Society in Chicago for sales and marketing excellence. Kevin Dunn '78, President at Breakthru, received this same honor several years ago.
  • Ryan LaLumiere '96, a Physiogical and Brain Sciences Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, was featured in The Daily Iowan on having received a $2.13 million grant to study the brain's impact on heroin relapse: Link.
  • Kevin Sackett '00 is now a SAP Security Manager/SAPSM with COLSA Corporation in Tampa, FL.
  • Brian Murphy '03 had his daughter, Ainsley Ann, baptized last weekend in the DeMatha Chapel by Fr. Damian. Brian's father and Ainsley's grandfather is faculty member Neal Murphy.
  • Derek Adams '05 works as a Senior Designer for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
  • Curtis Bennett '05 spoke last week at the Student Environmental Alliance Summit in Prince George's County's Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Curtis is the Director of Conservation Community Engagement at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
  • Jonathan Matthews '10 is a Lister with eAsset Solutions.
  • Ryan McFadden '15 is now working as a journalist for The Washington Post while he is pursuing his master's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park: Link.
  • The next DeMatha Red and Blue Meetup will be at Brookland Pint in Washington, DC on Fri., Oct. 25 from 4-6:30pm and right before the DM Football game vs Good Counsel at Catholic University! This is a Free DeMatha Alumni event and you'll also receive a Free ticket to the football game as well. RSVP today and hope to see you there! Link.
  • The 2019 DeMatha Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held on Sun., Oct. 27 at 2:30pm in the Antler Room (evening will conclude by 6pm). The registration link includes the name of the recipients. Tickets will be $30 per person, which includes a pre-ceremony reception. Register. If you would prefer to write a check, make check payable to DeMatha; mail to DeMatha Hall of Fame, 4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781. The Final Deadline for Buying Tickets will be Oct. 23. Should be a great event and look forward to seeing everyone there!
  • Stag Nite will be held on Wed., Nov. 27.
    • Purchase tickets early as this event could sell out! Purchase Tickets
    • 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.
    • 5pm doors open; 6pm food is served; 7:15pm guest speaker; 10pm event ends
    • Guest Speaker: Dexter Manley, 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.
    • At 4pm, the varsity basketball team will be scrimmaging in the (LT) SEAL Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center (Opponent TBA).
    • Questions: email
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That is all.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
Facts About Our Faculty:

-- 57% have taught at DM for 10 or more years
-- 25% have taught at DM for 20 or more years
-- 58% have advanced degrees
-- Have an average of 14 years of experience at DM, 19 years in education.

We have had six teachers and two principals recognized by The Washington Post as outstanding educators. (We are confident very few, if any other private school in the region have had as many educators so honored).

As many of us are gearing up for the World Series, just a couple of facts of the DeMatha connections to DC baseball.

-- James Brown '69 is a minority owner of the Washington Nationals.
-- Bill Collins '68 played a key role in bringing baseball back to the region. At one time, it looked like Bill was going to be the owner of the club.
-- Joe '71 and Patrick '85 Lemon are the sons of Jim Lemon, who played for the old Washington Senators and later managed the team in 1968.

From the DM Express in 2012:
Mr. Lemon was replaced by Ted Williams, who was with the squad when the team played its final game at RFK Stadium on September 30, 1971. In that contest, the Senators were leading heading into the 9th inning, thanks to a homerun by the team's most popular player, Frank Howard. However, the game would wind up a forfeit in the 9th inning as the fans took the field and started taking with them any bits and pieces of the stadium they could get their hands on. In fact, Dennis '76 and Dan '77 O'Brien -- who were present -- somehow got hold of a section of the turf at RFK that night. That turf was placed in the family refrigerator for alleged safekeeping until a maid threw it out fearing something had gone horribly wrong in the O'Brien freezer.

Then there was Mike Klem '76. Mike had box seats at that final game and, shortly after Howard hit his homerun, the fans demanded that Frank take the field for not one, but two, curtain calls.

"Frank stepped out and took off his cap and threw it into the stands," Klem said. "I didn't catch it. It actually landed in the lap of guy who had remained seated during everything. We put our hands out asking the guy for the hat who I think thought it belonged to us, and he gave it to me."

It just so happens that Frank Howard appeared at the DeMatha Smoker about 15 years ago. Klem, with the infamous cap in hand, presented it to Hondo (as he was called) for an autograph. The cap, it seems, had come full circle.

Go Nats!
God Bless,