We're in Sarasota now, behind the scenes in Syesha's alma mater, Booker High. Students and teachers alike fawned over one of their most famous alumni - at least for the current 15 minutes.
Teachers spoke of their favorite memories of Mercado, and students presented her with awards and gifts. One student gave her a painting.
Mercardo repaid her fans crowded into the school's auditorium with a singing of "Summertime," by Ella Fitzgerald.
"First off, it's crazy. I remember sitting in this theater and there was speaker and thinking, I'm going to go to Hollywood and do singing and movies and stuff. Now I'm singing," Mercado said. "Dreams really do come true."
Next stop, and this one's open to the public: a concert at the Ringling Museum of Art. But the parking lot is already filled -- try New College of Florida next door.