Last November, during an emotional ceremony attended by family, friends, and members of our school community, MCDS retired the basketball jersey of former student Kwentyn Wiggins ‘16, who tragically died in a solo car crash in June 2019.
Many members of the Branson School community, where Kwentyn attended high school, were also present for the ceremony. The ceremony marked the first time that MCDS has retired a student’s jersey.
“We’re retiring Kwentyn’s No. 32 because he fully embraced the values we all strive to achieve and to honor his memory and his legacy here at MCDS,” said Athletic Director Janet McCann during her remarks at the ceremony. “Kwentyn was very special in every way. He was kind, thoughtful, interested, passionate — a true leader.”
MCDS teammates and friends Nicholas Getty, Charlie Kennedy and Brandt Maxwell (who also played a song he composed in Kwentyn’s honor), generously shared memories of their time with Kwentyn both on and off the basketball court. They recalled Kwentyn as someone who made those around him “better friends, better competitors, and better people.”
The program also included remarks by MCDS basketball coaches Jason Hull and Sungbae Park, as well as a moving rendition of Hallelujah, performed by Kwentyn’s classmates Jade Otoya and Charlie Moore.
Said coach Jason Hull, “I challenge everyone to live as he did — work hard, be kind, be passionate, be humble and take care of each other with love.”
Kwentyn’s No. 32 jersey now hangs in the MCDS gym where he showcased not only his skills on the basketball court but his exemplary character and sportsmanship.