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DeMatha Express- October 19th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • DeMatha's Open House will be held on Sunday November 5. Click at the link for more information: Link.

  • DeMatha is holding a Coat Drive on campus until Friday. Please bring gently used coats to the main lobby.

  • Senior Mekhi Vance was the first senior in the DeMatha Class of 2018 to receive a college acceptance letter on Monday as he was accepted into Robert Morris University. He is waiting on several other decisions.

  • Senior Ricardo Rivera-Munoz is a semifinalist for the DC Posse Scholars Program.

  • The DeMatha Quiz Bowl team finished second on an episode of "It's Academic" on Oct.14.

  • The DeMatha crew team, christened a new boat for Fr. Damian on Oct. 12. Here's a video of the official moment: Video.

  • 2017 DeMatha Hall of Fame Ceremony: Sun., Oct. 29 from 2:30-6pm. See link for more information: Pay Online.

  • The Kaleidoscope Concert was a big success! Here is a photo gallery from the night: Link.

  • Faculty member Andrew Montanaro welcomed a daughter, Joanna Montanaro, on Oct. 18.

  • Jannique Stewart of the Life Training Institute spoke to DeMatha juniors on Tuesdayabout the facts and messages of Pro-Life.

  • A few years ago there was debate in the MD General Assembly about the official state song for the state of Maryland, "Maryland, My Maryland." We decided at the time to compose our own song in honor of our great state. The song, "Maryland, Our Home" was recorded a few weeks ago by the members of the DeMatha Choral Department. You can watch the video and listen to the song here: Video.
In Memoriam:
  • Liam Martucci, son of Ben '99: Obituary.
  • Kathleen (Kay) Kaderabek mother of Gregg Kaderabek '74, grandmother of Jon Walter '02, Eric Walter '08 and Michael Kaderabek '20. No arrangements have been made yet.
  • Pauline O'Rourke, sister of Walt Coughlin '52. Mother of Kevin '70, Dan '70, and Bill '81 O'Rourke. Grandmother of John and Brendan '10: Obituary.
  • Joe Young, devoted Booster of DeMatha. Father of Joseph '83 and Jorlando '93. Funeral Mass to be held on Monday at St. Mary's Landover Hills at 12:30pm. From there, there will be a brief service at Fort Lincoln Cemetery. After that, a repast will be held back at St. Mary's.
  • DeMatha football fell to Good Counsel 20-14 on Oct. 13 and now stand at 4-3 on the season. The Hyattsville Life & Times wrote a recap of the game: Link. The team next has a big road matchup on Saturday at 1 pm at St. John's. You can watch the game through the Monumental Sports website: Watch Here.

  • Cameron Wake '00 had two sacks in the Miami Dolphins 20-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 15.

  • Patrick Fisher '03 was LSU's Guest Captain for the LSU-Auburn game on Oct. 14. Pat's 2007 national championship team was honored at the half of that game.

  • Senior Judson Tallandier will play football for the U-19 Team USA in the 2018 International Bowl.

  • DeMatha soccer tied 0-0 with Paul VI on Oct. 13, then lost to Gonzaga 1-0 on Tuesday. The team is 6-6-2 on the season and has two big home matchups against Good Counsel on Friday at 3:30 pm and Archbishop Carroll on Oct. 24 at 3:30 pm.

  • Keegan Meyer '14 was named Big South men's soccer Defensive Player-of-the-Week as goalkeeper for High Point University for the second time this year.

  • Mac Burke '14 was named Patriot League Goalkeeper-of-the-Week after making 10 saves in the Army-Navy game last weekend for the Midshipmen

  • DeMatha cross country will race in the Georgetown Prep Classic at Georgetown Prep on Saturday.

  • DeMatha crew placed as high as fifth among the team's races at the Occoquan Chase on Oct. 15. The team will next race in the Head of Schuylkill in Philadelphia on Oct. 29.

  • Danny Ferry '85 was featured in the Capitol Gazette and spoke about his local basketball roots: Link.

  • Jerian Grant '10 is featured on the website Basketball Insiders about his upcoming third season with the Chicago Bulls: Link.

  • Markelle Fultz '16 was featured in The Washington Post ahead of his NBA debut last night: Link. He ended up scoring 10 points in a 120-115 loss to the Washington Wizards.

  • D.J. Harvey '17 is featured in FanRagSports' 20 under-the-radar freshmen to watch out for in the 2017-2018 college basketball season: Link.

  • Former DeMatha hoops player Quinn Cook signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors.

  • Keegan Wilkinson '02, the head lacrosse coach at Marist, was featured on an episode of SB Nation's College Crossecast podcast on Oct. 12: Link.

  • Ben Ricker '95 and Joey Rice '08 teamed up in golf to win the 2017 Washington Metropolitan Four-Ball Championship on Wednesday carding a 67.
Alumni News:
  • Gregory Canter '68 is "Barchan Jouster" at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
  • Tim Schelfe '81 became the Chair of the Nat'l Board of Directors for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) last week. Tim is also a Managing Partner at JDavis in Raleigh, NC: Link.
  • Justin Steele '98 took a picture of C.C. Sabathia for Men's Health Magazine.
  • Joshua Turk '06 is the proud father of Liam Joseph Turk, born on Oct. 13. Joshua is the son of DeMatha music faculty member Jim Turk.
  • James Jeter '08 and Richard Liska '08 are performing this season with the Washington Redskins Marching Band.
  • Dom Miller '17 is majoring in Information Science at the University of Maryland.
  • The DM SAVE fundraiser "An Evening with Vaughn Holsey Paint Night" will be held on Friday, October 27 from 6-8 pm. $40 per ticket. Paint supplies, wine and refreshments included. Tickets available online or in-person through the Stag Store.
Misc. Information:
  • A GoFundMe page was set up by Jerryn McCray '96 to raise money and ship temporary power generators to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to help with the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Without electricity, citizens won't be able to access drinking water, safely store food and/or use devices for contact with loved ones abroad. To help, visit the following link: Donate.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
Show your DeMatha Pride with this Under Armour Hoody. $40: Pay Online.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
Sid Catlett '67 was a great scholar athlete at DeMatha and then later at Notre Dame. He played a key role in DeMatha's most famous basketball victory over Power Memorial in 1965. In his adult life, Sid has done many things -- from working with the Peace Corps, working
as a lobbyist, and most recently as a coach. Since 2005, he has been living in Atlanta. His wife Tahira recently sent us this update:

On Monday, June 5th, Sid was on his way home from coaching on the first day of summer camp with the Atlanta Hawks Development Team. He was about five minutes away from home and much to his surprise, three children on bikes, jotted out into the street from nowhere. It all happened so fast and all he could think about was how to avoid hitting them. His quick instincts kicked in and he veered to the left hitting someone's mailbox with such force that he knocked it completely off of its cement-based foundation. Needless to say, he
was glad he missed hitting the children.

Once he arrived home, he shared with me what happened and I noticed he was very quiet and a little disoriented. He began to sweat profusely and I immediately called 911. He was rushed to the hospital around 6:00 p.m. and by 11:00 p.m., Sid had to undergo emergency surgery for severe bleeding on his brain - a surgery that most people either don't
wake up from or if they do wake up, they're more than likely in a permanent vegetated state. Sid has always been blessed with incredible faith and a fighting spirit. He's been blessed with a second chance to fight his way through another challenge, and to hopefully continue his work with children. To help aid in his recovery process, we are humbly and gratefully accepting support from family and friends.

Since that tragic day in June, many of you have reached out asking how you can help him outside of your prayers. Your thoughtfulness and consideration has been so warm that words can't express how much we appreciate it. Although pride has caused a reluctance to ask for or openly accept monetary help, it has become quite evident that his road to recovery will be very long, and undeniably expensive. Supporting Sid with whatever you can give will help to lighten this unexpected financial load. With your help, Sid and I can focus on continuing to
get him the best rehabilitative care here in Georgia. Once he gets stronger and healthy enough to travel, we'll be able to re-locate him to a rehabilitation facility in the Washington, D.C. area, which we know will also be a costly process. Sid is truly looking forward to being back at home, where he can be close to more family and friends.

Thank you in advance for your support and know that anything counts, and no amount is too small.

If you have any questions about making a donation, please don't hesitate to contact the email below.

(We appreciate the update, and we wish Sid all of the best in his recovery. Your consideration here is most appreciated).
God Bless,