Alumni Spotlight: Grisselle Escotto, ’01

Grisselle Escotto, ’01

As a little girl, for as long as I could remember, I knew that I would attend De La Salle Academy for middle school. My oldest sister attended and I vividly recall walking through the hallways and knowing, without a doubt in my mind, that one day this would be my home away from home.

Already seeing how my oldest sister made lifelong friends, evolved, and expanded as a person, I knew DLSA was a place like no other — it’s magical, really, and I couldn’t wait to see how I grew, transformed, and would be forever changed. It was the moments outside the classroom, I remember most – whether it be going through personal issues and feeling the empathy and compassion of my teachers and peers, or making up songs and dances in the hallway and laughing until our sides hurt, the vulnerability, resilience, and hearts of the community on the top floor of that 96th Street building are still with me today.

I learned that we are responsible for one another, to want the best not only for myself but for my fellow man, and to meet any challenge in life with God and with grace. To always try to reach and respond from the most loving part of myself in times of conflict and to give freely to others whenever possible. It is this vulnerability, compassion, joy, and vitality that I bring on set with me as an actress in LA and to all those I have in my life. I am eternally grateful for the people, memories, and lessons learned while at DLSA. 

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