'Buddies from the start,' Dewan quadruplets graduating from Westminster High School

Quadruplets, from left, Colin, Brie, Kayla and Morgan Dewan are graduating from Westminster High School and all plan to attend Carroll Community College.
Quadruplets, from left, Colin, Brie, Kayla and Morgan Dewan are graduating from Westminster High School and all plan to attend Carroll Community College. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

A set of quadruplets, inseparable all their lives, will walk across the graduation stage together Thursday night.

Brianna, Colin, Kayla and Morgan Dewan will all graduate from Westminster High School and plan to continue on to their next phase of life together at Carroll Community College in the fall.


Actively involved

Parents David Dewan, a schoolteacher in Montgomery County, and Heather Dewan, a registered nurse, motivated their kids to get out and get involved.

“I encouraged them to be as active as they possibly could, in as much as they could possibly be in,” said Heather. “I missed very little amount of games or activities. We made them a priority.”


“We tried to balance it and take turns,” said David. “We would alternate who would go with who.”

Sports played a role for each during their high school career. Brianna played soccer and ran track, Colin also played soccer, Kayla ran track and Morgan played corollary sports such as bocce ball, bowling and corn toss.

“He’s an exceptional, hard worker,” said Westminster boys soccer coach Robert Brown, of Colin. “He was a very good role player, gave 110 percent every time and with a smile on his face.”

Anna Ruby, a graduating senior from Westminster High School, received the Rotary Award this year. She's the fourth generation in her family to earn it.

Brown has also been encouraging Colin to continue playing at Carroll Community College.

And then there’s the other soccer player in the family.

“She’s just like everything you could possibly want a captain to be,” said Dannielle Midkiff, Brianna’s soccer coach. “She’s an amazing leader but her work ethic is like out of control. She probably was the kid that gave the most at practice, she works the hardest at practice. She’s always super focused and when things got down she was the first person to be like, ‘all right, we can do this and we can get back at it.’”

Midkiff is also trying to encourage Brianna to continue playing soccer at Carroll Community College.

The Dewans’ extracurricular activities helped each of them develop skills and confidence to carry with them later in life.

“I’ve gained the ability to work as a team a lot and become a leader because for soccer I was a team captain, voted by my team,” said Brianna. “Through track, I’ve learned how to push myself a lot because the practices are super intense, but I was reaching times I didn’t think I’d be able to hit. I didn’t know I was capable of building such a strong mindset to be able to do things like that.”

According to Brianna, Morgan has made a lot of friends through her extracurriculars and Colin said he learned to push himself and not give up.

Trying something new also helped Kayla.

The Carroll County Law Enforcement Torch Run brought together more than 200 participants Wednesday to raise money for Special Olympics.

“I haven’t run track before because I was really nervous, but I actually made a lot of friends and it made me feel more confident in myself,” said Kayla. “I’m actually really glad I did it because I didn’t know I could push myself like that. It made me feel better about myself that I was able to do something I had never done before.”


Best Buddies

The quadruplets are involved with Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for socialization and employment. Morgan is in their Learning for Independence (LFI) programs.

According to the siblings, they participate in their monthly parties, hang out with the students, attend LFI prom and the Special Olympics.

“I have some friends with siblings that are also in the LFI program and it’s a lot of fun to bond with all of them,” said Brianna.

“We all just have a heart for kids who have special needs,” said Kayla.

Added Colin: “With one of our own, it emphasizes that feeling to help others who are the same way.”

After graduation

After graduation, the siblings plan to continue their studies at CCC before transferring to a four-year school.

Brianna plans to study Biology and go to school for pre-med, hoping to attend UMBC or the University of Maryland. Morgan plans to study early childhood education. Colin plans to study accounting and might attend UMBC. Kayla plans to study nursing, which her mom thinks she influenced, and might attend Stevenson or Maryland.

Like any parent would be, their parents are looking forward to seeing them blossom.

“Excited, I’m excited,” said David. “I’m anxious to see what they do.”

“I think they’re totally ready,” said Heather. “They have proven themselves over and over to be trustworthy, strong students, confident, good judgment — I’m really proud of them.”

Home Support

The siblings have all been on the honor roll throughout their academic career, making both parents proud.

“The fact that they are all practically straight-A students, they take their studies seriously, they do very, very well in school, they’re all honor roll, NHS [National Honor Society], that’s huge,” said Heather.

Added David: “Having them all four on honor roll all four years, that amazed me. I had no idea that even happened.”

According to David and Heather, they offer an open environment so their children can talk to them about anything and keep the rules to a minimum.

“They don’t put too much pressure on us to always get A’s, we just have to try our best and to put effort into things and sometimes if they don’t work out then they don’t work out,” said Kayla. “They don’t make us feel stressed or under pressure.”

“We can come to them with anything and know that it is judgment-free,” said Brianna.

According to Heather, their household only had two rules: don’t lie and be a team.

‘Buddies from the start’

Growing up, they never really separated until third grade. According to Heather, even when they first got their own rooms, they would all continue to join up in one room.

“I don’t know anything else,” said Brianna. “It feels so normal but to other people it’s such a foreign concept because they’re like an only child.”

Said Colin: “We definitely all have a team mindset going. We always have each other’s backs, we always fight for each other, all the time.”

Kayla agreed.

“We’re always with one another, it’s never like we’re alone,” she said Kayla. “We’re always going somewhere with each other, so it just allows us to form a bond with each other.”

Now, at 17, however, none of them would give up sleeping in their own room.

According to Heather, they have never been the kind of siblings to fight, they have always just gotten along.

“They didn’t have all that sibling rivalry that other families had like the kids would fight — ‘you in this corner, you in that corner’ — we didn’t have any of that,” said Heather. “They were friends from the beginning, it’s all they knew so they were buddies from the start.”

Saying goodbye

The quadruplets will miss a lot from their high school experiences but they’re also ready to leave some things behind.

Jasmin Sarabia was one of the graduates from Carroll Community College Wednesday, May 29.

“I’m definitely going to miss being on a team and coming to school and it’s game day,” said Brianna. “Your whole mood changes, you’re ready for that game. The whole aspect of being on a sports team through a school is just not the same.”

They are all ready to leave behind homework and a compact high school schedule.


“We’ve already made our schedules at Carroll and I only have one 8 a.m. class on Monday and then my day is free,” said Brianna.

“There’s always something to do,” said Colin.

Being apart

After community college, they will separate for the first time in their lives as they go down different paths.

“It’ll definitely be hard, but I think we’ll still all be very close,” said Colin. “It’ll be very strange not to have each other there.”

Said Kayla: “It’s all we know so it’ll feel strange. We’ll still all be connected, in some way.”

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