Brothers Mason and Marshall Wiesner bond over 5,996 miles of moving.
You may see Marshall Wiesner kicking for the freshman football team or selling ASB stickers at lunch. You might see Mason Wiesner emerging from Vet Science or roaming around campus. You might even see both of them and assume you just saw the same person twice.
But what you don’t see is the close-knit brotherly bond the two have formed from numerous moves around the country.
The Wiesner brothers are two of the school’s newest students, making students question, “who are the new kids?” The Wiesner boys were originally born in Kirkland, Washington, which they spent all of two years living in, leaving them with little to no memory of that home. They then flew 2,620 miles to Marietta, a town of 59,089 citizens in Atlanta, GA, where they spent 11 years of their childhood. They then moved 868 miles to Summit, a small town of 21,988 citizens, located in northern New Jersey- where they spent three years, enough to get Mason started in high school and Marshall through middle school. It was then that their parents decided to pack up their white SUV and drive the family 2,508 miles for five days to the slightly bigger 30,857 citizen Paso Robles, California to be closer to relatives in Santa Maria and their older brother Mac, who is a sophomore at USC. Luckily the frequent moving of the Wiesner family has made their sibling relationship stronger.
“I think our whole family has gotten closer, and we have a typical brother relationship, we fight, but we are pretty close” said Mason –the older of the two– “Yeah, we get along most of the time but here and there we fight, I guess, but we mainly like each other, kind of… I’m kidding” Freshman Marshall joked
Their move to Paso was all positive only two weeks before the start of school. Chilly New Jersey temperatures warmed to the 90s of the Central Coast. Eight 40 minute periods per school day at Summit HS lengthened and slowed during Wednesday and Thursday blocks at PRHS. They were enjoying every moment, they said, windings their ways around the math wings, double storied English building, science labs, and remote campus corners.
One thing they were particularly excited about for their new California adventures was one of the treasures of the west coast, In N Out. After their first bite of In N Out, they deemed their favorite meals that are now routine to order.
“#1, sometimes animal style fries,”said Mason–”Double cheeseburger animal style fries, and a pink lemonade, every time,” said Marshall confidently.
One trait about PRHS that stood out to them as different from New Jersey was that the varsity football games were hosted on Friday nights under the lights.
“We didn’t have lights on our field so we had to play Saturday mornings” Junior Mason said–”So not as many people attended the games, there’s more spirit here. I like it,” Marshall finished. Approximately 1000 people attend PRHS’s Friday night games whereas only 150 attended Summit High School’s Saturday morning festivities.
Having both played football for the past five years, this change in football ritual came as a shock to Marshall number 11, a punter, wide receiver, and safety for the freshman team and Mason, number 82, a defensive end and tight end for the varsity team.
However, they are much more than just football players. Born January 11, 1999, Mason, 6’4, has always had a passion for animals and aspires to be a veterinarian in the future. He is currently enrolled in Vet Science second period with Amanda Garnder in room 1103 and is blown away at the opportunities given to him at PRHS.
“They didn’t have that in New Jersey, they didn’t really have an agricultural center so it was nice to know that they have something like that here,” Mason said.
In addition to a passion for football, Marshall, born July 26, 2000, has a love for real estate and leadership. Interacting with others and getting involved are two of the things he enjoys most, which is why he joined fourth period leadership and hopes to become a real estate agent in the future.
“He’s very outgoing, he’s very friendly, kind of weird but that’s just who he is,” Mason said.
Marshall takes a similar approach when describing Mason.
“He’s definitely an interesting person and sometimes he just does random stuff , I like him,” Marshall said– “on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best i guess probably a 9, because he annoys me sometimes, but it’s definitely worth it for having him as a brother.”
Mason, however, said that he loves Marshall a seven out of ten.
“Sometimes I want to rip his head off but sometimes we’re really close and I just think that’s a normal brother relationship,” Mason joked
Moving from Georgia to New Jersey when Marshall was 11 and Mason was 13 was one of Marshall’s favorite childhood memories.
“We didn’t know anyone yet so we were together like 24/7 and we got really close, so that’s just a good memory of mine, ” Marshall said.
Mason’s favorite memory consisted of the five day cross country road trip from New Jersey to California.
“I got to spend a week straight with my family and we got a lot closer,” Mason