Straight A's for High Schools in West Boca

The school grades are in for high schools and West Boca did well. Out of 524 high schools in the state that were graded, Spanish River High was #50 on the list with West Boca at #84 and Olympic Heights at #111. Boca High, which serves some West Boca families, did even better at #24.
The numbers for our local schools are actually better than they appear. Many of the highly ranked schools on the list are specialty magnet or charter schools, such as Suncoast (7) and Dreyfoos (10). Most or all of the students in these schools get in through a competitive process and so they have few weak students to bring their scores down. Our West Boca high schools are all open and take everyone in their zoned districts. The #1 school on the list is the Pine View School in Sarasota, which is an all-gifted program. #2 and #3 are choice programs in Brevard that only admit students who consistently meet standards on the same tests that drive the scores in this system.
Within Palm Beach County, the two schools at the top (Suncoast and Dreyfoos) are both magnet schools. Leaving such programs out, Boca High and Spanish River are the top two in the county. Other regular high schools that posted top scores in the county include Jupiter High, Park Vista (Lake Worth), West Boca and Wellington.

Spanish River High’s parking lot after a heavy rain.

One interesting note is that Atlantic High ended up with a higher overall score than Olympic Heights even though OH had better test scores, particularly in reading.
Two spreadsheets are below, first for Palm Beach and Broward counties, and then for the whole state. They are based on the main spreadsheet from the state database, but with some edits to highlight Palm Beach County and West Boca schools.
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Spanish River Football Wins

Thanks to a reader tip we’ve learned that the Spanish River High School football team, the Sharks, won their first game this year. Our reader tells us this is their first win since 2011, and sent us this photo, below:
The Sharks defeated Pope John Paul II High School by the score of 32-13. We were also able to track down a celebration video:

The Sharks’ next game is against West Boca rival Olympic Heights with new coach Berger.
You can see more photos from the game (400 of them) on their Facebook photo album for the game.
We do not have any statistics from the game yet, but will add them below if they come in.

Spanish River Grad Robs Sandalfoot Home

David Martinez (23) was arrested Wednesday night by deputies in Sandalfoot. He’s accused of robbery by home invasion with a weapon, and also possession of drug equipment.
Mr. Martinez remains in custody on $50,000 bond. Per the Sun-Sentinel, he and another unknown man went into a home on the far west end of West Sandalfoot (Watergate Estates aka the Sandalfoot Trailers) and attacked a cancer patient, holding a knife to the victim’s throat and stealing his morphine.
Martinez had a case in Palm Beach County only two months ago with felony drug charges, which was dropped by prosecutors. In 2013 he had a misdemeanor In 2008 he had a felony robbery case which was resolved with a plea of guilty and time served (we’re not sure how much time, but it was much less than a year).
The Sheriff reports Martinez’ address in Coral Springs, but the Sun-Sentinel describes him as a West Boca man. He appears to be a Spanish River graduate, and offers a cautionary tale about the problems you face when you get felonies on your record:
Of course all arrestees are innocent until proven guilty.

8 Batteries Charged: Arrest Week Part 2

We got behind so we’re splitting our arrest report into three parts. Here’s part two. Click the following for 5 drug arrests – part 1. And again, all are innocent until proven guilty.
On the far left, Shanique Warren (age 20) was arrested for battery and booked early this morning (Friday), and has already been released. Her reported address is in Century Village. The courts have it as a domestic violence case. We found no other history for her, but think she might possibly be from Tampa.
Sarah Goldsberry (2nd from left, 29) was arrested for battery late last night and released this afternoon. She’s a Spanish River grad and her reported address is in the Greenbriar senior community in Boca Chase. The court has the case marked as domestic violence. We see over 30 cases (including traffic tickets) for her in the court system dating back to 2004, including at least a few for domestic violence and others for drugs.
2nd from right, 31-year-old Kayla Weckstrom was arrested late Wednesday for battery. Her reported address is in Mission Bay south of Glades. We see no prior history for Ms. Weckstrom.
wantz-kid-rockSusan Wantz (far right, 50) was arrested Tuesday afternoon for battery. Oddly she wasn’t released until Thursday morning, but no bond was required. Ms. Wantz made a brief appearance in the local news media, angry about the KKK guy in her Sandalfoot neighborhood. This incident is listed as a domestic battery. Wantz has had a couple of minor cases in the county with the last one a disorderly charge that was dropped back in 2008.
Joel Padin (left, 39) was arrested for battery and aggravated assault, and booked early Monday morning. His reported address is in the Boca Gardens apartments. He was released that afternoon.
[2nd from left has been removed as the charge was dismissed.]
Michael Chicurel (2nd from right, 21) was arrested for battery and probation violations late Sunday. His reported address is near Coral Sunset elementary. The West Boca High grad remains in custody. Per court records the probation comes from two felony cases he had in 2012 involving burglary (dropped), dealing in stolen property and other charges.
In his younger days he may have been a great pizza eater but that skill is not helping him today:

Last up, on the far right of the above picture, Mireya Delrisco (49) was arrested Sunday for battery. Her reported address is in The Vineyards near Veterans Park. We see no prior history for her.

5 Drug Cases for Arrest Week

We fell a bit behind in our arrest reports so we’re catching up.
Please remember that all arrestees are innocent until proven guilty, and also that the crime rate in West Boca is actually low.
Allen Massarella (far left, 24) was arrested early Saturday morning by Boca PD for possession of marijuana and drug equipment. His reported address is near Clint Moore and Military Trail and he’s worked at some West Boca restaurants. He just might be a fan of classic cars.
Mr. Massarella is fresh off a smaller marijuana case in March, and he appears to have had two previous marijuana cases in the county that were both dropped.
Simon King (far right, 28) was booked early on Monday the 12th by PBSO deputies accused of selling heroin. Apparently that’s illegal now.
Mr. King’s reported address is in the San Marco at Broken Sound community and he appears to work as a bartender in an area country club. Our research suggests he is a native of Ireland. We see no previous cases for him.
David Martinez (2nd from left, 23) was booked Tuesday morning for possession of drugs and drug equipment. He has no reported address but rather is listed as homeless with the zip code 33428. Unlike the first two, he remains in custody on $2000 bond.
Martinez had a felony robbery arrest and conviction in 2008, and an indecent exposure charge in 2013. Our research indicates he’s a Spanish River grad, which we’re sure will prompt a lively response from that crowd.
Katherine Knill (center, 34) was arrested Tuesday on one count of drug possession and several counts of possessing drug equipment, and released the same day. Her reported address is off Markham Way near the far western end of Sandalfoot.
Ms. Knill was arrested in 2012 and adjudicated guilty of forgery and possession of paraphernalia.
Matthew MacCubbin (18, center-right), with the same reported address as Ms. Knill, was arrested at about the same time and accused of possessing a small amount of marijuana and drug equipment. He was also released the same day.
MacCubbin, a senior at West Boca High with no prior history, may have had some issues living at home shortly before this arrest:
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On the bright side, some girls seem to like him enough to pose with him:

Some faces obscured in response to a polite request.
Some faces obscured in response to a polite request.

School Duel: Spanish River vs. West Boca

Two of our three local high schools will meet in an epic battle of academic wits tonight on Becon-TV at 7 pm. It’s Spanish River vs. West Boca.

School Duel consists of four rounds of questions, covering a variety of subject areas.
1. Warning Shot round, featuring toss up questions that may be answered by either team.
2. Joust, matches individual players head-to-head, with the winner earning his/her team the chance to answer three more bonus questions worth up to 30 additional points.
3. Rapid Fire round, where teams try to answer up to ten questions in a sixty-second time limit.
4. Final Showdown, consists of a series of toss-up questions.

Players get prizes from BrightStar Credit Union and Chick-fil-A.
BECON-TV reaches homes throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties via Comcast Cable (channel 19), DirecTV, DISH Network and AT&T U-Verse (channel 63).

Spanish River Students in Film Showcase

Julie Bergman
Julie Bergman
Two students from Spanish River are involved in the 2014 Showcase of Films event coming up on March 14th at Lynn University. It is the 19th annual awards ceremony.
Julie Bergman’s “Bright Eyes” is a finalist in the Feature/Short category for high school films. Her grandfather, Al Goodman, stars.

Chandler Kravitz helped make that short and wrote a great explanation of everything they went through: Making Bright Eyes.
Kravitz himself is a finalist for a Burt Reynolds scholarship. We think this is the demo reel he submitted.

Here’s Kravitz (on the right, we think) with Reynolds and three other students.
There will be a red carpet pre-event starting at 9:30 am on the 14th, followed by the awards show at 10:30. This will all take place at Lynn in the Johnson Performing Arts Center. Supporting institutions include the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission and the Palm Beach International Film Festival, which takes place in early April in four venues from the Frank Theatres in Delray Marketplace up to Palm Beach Gardens.