Austin Mahone Meets and Greets West Boca

Update: We have a new video with both Austin Mahone and interviews with local fans from West Boca High, Spanish River High, and Olympic Heights High as well.

Lexi Segal from West Boca High sent us this picture of her with Mahone:

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Thanks to readers we were tipped off that pop superstar Austin Mahone would be appearing at the Mobil and 7/11 gas station and convenience store on the corner of Glades and Boca Rio. He showed up and we caught just a bit of him on video.

There were well over 100 fans waiting to see him, mostly teenage girls. We talked to a few from local high schools including West Boca, Spanish River and Olympic Heights and we will post a video with that later on.
It appears that Mahone has done some kind of endorsement deal with 7/11 related to Slurpees, which were handed out to the fans who were waiting and you can see them in the photo at the top of the article.
When Mahone arrived the crowd did cheer loudly for him. We caught his arrival in a series of photos:
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Copyright Warren Redlich 2015.

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As we understand it, Mahone’s fan club member received a tweet announcing this event, along with the following image:
We will post a follow-up story with those interviews and more video later this evening or tomorrow.

More School Winners: Spanish River and Logger's Run

Three kids from West Boca schools were among 31 students on the Palm Beach County science team that won awards at the 2015 State Science and Engineering Fair.
Sean Elia of Spanish River won a 3rd place award in the “Senior Division” (high school) and he was invited to represent Palm Beach County at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). We have a soft spot for tuba and sousaphone players.

Sean Elia (from Facebook)
Sean Elia (from Facebook)

Elia may be headed to UCF to study aerospace engineering next year.
From Logger’s Run Middle School, Anam Ahmed won a 2nd place award and Tesla Radulovic won an honorable mention.

Spanish River and West Boca Academic All-Stars

The Palm Beach County school district’s “All-Star Academic Challenge team” competed in the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort from April 9 to April 11. Overall the team placed 7th out of the 12 “large county” districts that competed.
West Boca students who participated included Miles Fertel of Spanish River High (top right in the photo) and Noah Graff of West Boca High (next to Fertel). Both are seniors. Others on the team were Matt Liang and Karen Sem of Suncoast High, and Marc Rodriguez and Andrew Sack of Atlantic High. The team was coached by Dr. Mary Murray, a mathematics teacher at Suncoast High School.
Noah Graff was previously featured in West Boca News as a National Merit Finalist.

Boca Kids Get National Awards

Several students from high schools in greater Boca Raton were named as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program and a couple were finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship program.
From West Boca High, Noah Graff was named a National Merit finalist. A resident of the Mission Bay community, Graff has his own tutoring business and has also volunteered in various ways including shaving his head for St. Baldrick’s. He’s a wrestler and he competes for the school’s academic teams as well.
From Olympic Heights, Sarah Curtis was also named a National Merit finalist. Ms. Curtis participated in the school’s Zerobotics team which traveled to MIT in 2014.

“It was an amazing experience,” said [then] junior Sarah Curtis. “Participating in this incredible conference really reinforced my love of engineering.”

Ms. Curtis is also a pretty good softball player, and plays in the school band.
Spanish River had two National Merit finalists: Ari Levin and Alexander Sugar. We couldn’t find a picture or any details on Mr. Sugar. Mr. Levin will be attending Northwestern University next year.
Boca High is not in West Boca, but some West Boca kids go there. They had the most finalists.
National Merit Finalists from Boca High:
Elisa Figueras
Peter Lin
James Lynch
Jennifer Menke
Akaash Mohan
Kelsey Powers
Ryan Rice
Jake Woods
National Achievement Finalists from Boca High:
Elgin Davis
Nigel Davis
Disclosure: The founders of West Boca News are friends of the Levin family.

Spanish River Alum Graduates to Burglary, Battery and More

Esperanzo Wilcox (25)
Esperanzo Wilcox (25)

Esperanzo Wilcox (above, 25) was arrested early Sunday morning by Boca PD. He faces several counts including burglary, three counts of battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and false imprisonment.
Mr. Wilcox, a 2008 graduate of Spanish River High, was scheduled for a court appearance yesterday morning but the online court file has not been updated yet to show what happened. He is represented by the public defender and the Sheriff’s record indicates that he remains in custody at this writing, with total bond set at $19,000. His reported address is in the Boca Royal apartments (aka Boca Bayou) in southeast Boca. He may have attended Palm Beach State at some point. We found two different Facebook profiles, including the one pictured below, an another under the name Es Babbii. And he also looks like an aspiring rapper with at least a few clips on SoundCloud.
We found several cases for Mr. Wilcox in Palm Beach County including a drug felony from 2009 and a felony grand theft charge from 2008. He also had a drug case in Broward in 2009, but that may have been the same incident as the one from Palm Beach County.
We found another man with the same name but 20 years older that might be his father and a former football and basketball player at Boca High. Back in the early 1990s that man was arrested in Broward a few times on charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, soliciting to commit armed robbery, and drug charges.