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DeMatha Express- October 26th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • The 2017 DeMatha Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held this Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2:30 to 6pm in the LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center. Please note the new time and location! We will have a photo gallery and video of the event in next week's Express.
  • DeMatha's Open House will be held on Sunday Nov. 5. Click at the link for more information: Link.
  • On Friday, at the annual HSPA Conference, faculty member Sam Haller will be honored as DeMatha's Veteran Teacher-of-the-Year and faculty member Michael Ayala '04 will be honored as DeMatha's Novice Teacher-of-the-Year.
  • Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Coat Drive! Over 260 coats were donated to a local Hyattsville organization.
  • Senior Camaran Gaillard and his Boy Scout Troop 52 were featured on Monday in a story in The Washington Post: Link.
  • Actor Brian Anthony Wilson, who recently starred as Thurgood Marshall in the one-man play 'Thurgood' at the Olney Theatre, will be coming to DeMatha to talk to students during four different periods on Monday, Oct. 30. He will take questions and talk about what Thurgood Marhsall means to him and discuss his acting career, which includes playing Detective Vernon Holley on 'The Wire' and appearances on 'The Sopranos', 'Law & Order: SVU' and 'Blue Bloods', among others.
Prayers Requested:
  • 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 November 1 at 10am, please email by tomorrow. You are also welcome to attend.
In Memoriam:
  • Mike Madden '71, brother of Marty '67. The obituary can be found on Page 4 of this link: Link.
  • DeMatha football lost to St. John's 38-22 on Oct. 21. The Hyattsville Life & Times wrote a recap to the game: Link. The team is now 4-4 on the season and will travel to face Bishop McNamara on Saturday at 2 pm.
  • Brian Westbrook '97 will be inducted into the 2017 class of the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on November 9 at Martin's West in Baltimore. If you would like to attend, visit the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame website at the link: Link.
  • Cameron Wake '00 had three sacks in the Miami Dolphins 31-28 win over the New York Jets last Sunday. He was also featured in a story on CBS12 in West Palm Beach, Fla., which focused on his playing days at DeMatha: Link.
  • Cam Phillips '14 became Virginia Tech's all-time leading receptions leader for a wide receiver on Saturday in the team's 59-7 win over North Carolina.
  • Keith Bogans has been added to the coaching staff of the Westchester Knicks, the NBA G League affiliate to the New York Knicks: Link.
  • Senior Austin Fontaine was featured in The Diamondback on wanting to bring DeMatha's winning football culture to the University of Maryland: Link.
  • DeMatha soccer tied Good Counsel 0-0 on Oct. 20 and defeated Archbishop Carroll 5-0 on Tuesday to move to 7-7-3 on the season. The team's regular season finale will be a road matchup against St. Mary's Ryken later today at 5:45 pm. Playoffs begin next week!
  • Senior Justin Gielen is currently featured in the latest edition of What's Up Magazine with an article focusing on his passion for soccer.
  • DeMatha crew will race in the Head of Schuylkill in Philadelphia on Sunday.
  • DeMatha cross country finished in eighth place as a team at the Georgetown Prep Classic on Oct. 21. Senior Matthew Metz finished 18th overall with a time of 18 minutes and 33 seconds and senior John Ahalt finished 31st overall with a time of 19 minutes and six seconds. Good luck to the team as they race in the WCAC Championships on Saturday!
Alumni News:
  • Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis '87 was featured in a trailer from the upcoming HBO documentary, "Baltimore Rising": Link.
  • Mark Russo '94 was named by his peers as the tenth best golf teacher in MD, in the new rankings by Golf Digest: Link.
  • Nick Stefanelli '98 was featured in The Washington Post last week as his restaurant Masseria earned another Michelin rating. Masseria also featured in The Washington Post Magazine last week: Link.
  • Seamus Hughes '02, the deputy director of George Washington University's program on extremism, was interviewed on NPR Tuesday talking about ISIS in the Middle East: Link.
  • PJ Lynch '05 married Tamra Schiroky in New Orleans last weekend. George Dancer '05 and Michael Weiss '05 were also in attendance.
  • Robert Norris '05 tied the knot in Italy earlier in October. Hassan Shonnekan '05 and Ambrose Phillips '05 were among those in attendance.
  • Daniel Tavares '05 and his wife, Kerri Anne, welcomed their new baby girl Eleanor Anne on Sept. 29.
  • Reginald Parker '06, who is a client associate at Bank of America in Morristown, NJ., received his Series 7 license on October 20.
  • Lloyd Foster '08 will have his first solo photography show at Hillyer Art Space in NW, DC, on November 3 from 6-9 pm. The show will detail his experiences in Sierra Leone and will be on display until December 17.
  • Jeff Knox Jr. '10 was featured in the Regina Leader-Post as he shared a personal experience with the hope to inspire people to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their loved ones: Link.
  • The DM SAVE fundraiser "An Evening with Vaughn Holsey Paint Night" will be held tomorrow from 6-8 pm. $40 per ticket. Paint supplies, wine and refreshments included. Tickets available online or in-person through the Stag Store. Online.
Workplace Giving:
  • Thank you to those who designated DeMatha through your workplace giving program for 2016. We hope that you will once again designate DeMatha for the 2017 Campaign. Every contribution and each donation are an investment in DeMatha and our students. We depend on the generosity of our alumni, parents and friends to maintain the quality educational experience for our students as we challenge them academically, artistically and athletically.
Misc. Information:
  • Kevin Wells '08 is preparing for a mission trip with 20 other people from Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville, MD, to Moneague, Jamaica, through Mustard Seed Communities. He and the parish will help complete work projects to improve the infrastructure and facilities of the town. Please consider donating to his personal page to help with trip: Donate Now.
  • 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.
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That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
The DeMatha football team lost its third straight game on Saturday, the first time that has happened since 1994. Coincidentally, the team lost to St. John's, a team that had not beaten the Stags in 23 years. However, It should be noted that in 1994, the Stags regrouped and came back to win the WCAC Title.

In the fall of 2007, we wrote about the ending of that season as it pertained to the death of Thomas (Tom) Eastman, a most popular counselor at DeMatha, who worked at DeMatha for four memorable years. Here is what we wrote:

"In the spring of '94, Tom Eastman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He fought hard against this most awful disease but lost the battle in October of that same year. After his death, a number of faculty members came forward and started the Thomas Eastman Fund, which, to this day, assists students with books and financial aid.

Tom was a fan of all things DeMatha including the varsity football team and he attended a game versus Centreville (VA) just before he died. (Then) Coach Bill McGregor dedicated that game to Tom in a very emotional pre-game speech and afterwards (a Stag victory), the team
presented a game ball to Tom, who was then able to make it out to see a part of the Lake Braddock game the following week (also a Stag victory).

It just so happened after that, DeMatha lost its next three games, the school's worst losing skid in 18 years. However, that steak was broken on Oct. 21 of that year, the same day in which the school held a Memorial Mass in Tom's honor. That night, DeMatha beat highly touted Chambersburg High in Pennsylvania, 28-27, with the outcome decided in the game's very last minute. (In fact, the newspapers in Chambersburg still reference the game and a very controversial call that went DeMatha's way -- something that almost never happens on the road in PA).

Anyway, from that point on, DeMatha went on to win four more games, the last two in the conference playoffs with Tom's wife in attendance. Mrs. Phyllis Eastman was presented with a game ball following DeMatha's 24-14 playoff victory over Gonzaga and she was there once
more to see the Stags beat Carroll (24-12) in the league championship game, a game which, interestingly enough, had its location changed to Marshal High School -- the place where Tom had one time served as a coach."
Tom Eastman is still remembered fondly in the halls of DeMatha and a plaque bearing his name can be found in our courtyard. Whether this year's team is able to regroup as the '94 team did remains to be seen, but we certainly know from past history that it can, in fact, be done -- even if it is with a touch of divine intervention.

St. John de Matha, Pray for us!

Go Stags.
God Bless,