Alumni Spotlight: Roslyn Rivas ’09

When I started at De La Salle Academy (DLSA), we were still in the old building on 97th Street. I’m sure my fellow alums can agree when I say those stairs stand out in my mind – they gave the school charm! Back before I started attending, I remember the day of the entrance exam … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Roslyn Rivas ’09

Alumni Spotlight: Valentina Lizarazo ’19

I remember vividly those first days at DLSA. During orientation, the 8th graders looked after 6th graders, and I remember how sweet and caring they were. It was special to see how people outside my grade cared just as much about me as my classmates. I remember standing in Carson Hall looking around. I said … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Valentina Lizarazo ’19

Alumni Spotlight: Trinee Adams ’87

I was a member of the first class at De La Salle Academy (DLSA), when it was founded in 1984.  Before DLSA, I went to St. Paul’s Catholic School in my native Spanish Harlem. This was a time when people really stayed in their communities, and everyone knew each other. Schools were neighborhood schools. At … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Trinee Adams ’87

Alumni Spotlight: Alexa Sanchez ’88

When I got accepted to DLSA as an upcoming 7th grader, it was at the 11th hour. I remember that, because it was out of the normal admissions cycle, and it was just Brother Brian and myself in the interview. Though it was a last minute change of plans, I was excited. I knew immediately … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Alexa Sanchez ’88

Alumni Spotlight: Carlos Capellán ’92

I don’t remember the first time I walked up the four flights of stairs to the original home of De La Salle Academy (DLSA) on 96th Street and Amsterdam, but I can still picture those stairs now. It was the daily subway ride from the end of the F train line in eastern Queens that … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Carlos Capellán ’92

Alumni Spotlight: Jada Badillo ’15

When I first got my acceptance letter from De La Salle Academy (DLSA) in the spring of 2012, I was ecstatic. My parents were thrilled since they have always believed education to be important for getting the opportunities that were not available to them. My mother immigrated from the Dominican Republic as a teenager, while … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jada Badillo ’15

Alumni Spotlight: Emmanuel Daudu ’15

An envelope from De La Salle Academy (DLSA) arrived in my mailbox. I gave that lottery ticket of exuberant joy or heavy sadness to my parents. They opened the envelope and gave me the news. My joy overflowed. I was accepted into DLSA.   I started DLSA in the Fall of 2013 as an incoming seventh … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Emmanuel Daudu ’15

Alumni Spotlight: Amaya Capellan ’95

Going to De La Salle Academy (DLSA) was a journey for me and so many other students. I lived at the end of the F line in Queens and the trip was about an hour: 169th street to 53rd Lex., transfer to the 6 and then my brother put me on a cross town bus. … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Amaya Capellan ’95

Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Muñoz-Machen ’99

I commuted to De La Salle Academy (DLSA) from the Bronx, which is an education in itself (shoutout to the 2 and 5 trains)! I remember feeling very lucky and grateful to be at DLSA. I felt very well supported by my family, and teachers, navigating a new school. As an incoming sixth grader, I … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Muñoz-Machen ’99

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Kim ’17

My mother had first heard of De La Salle Academy from a friend and thought it would be a good idea for me to apply.  So when the opportunity to attend for my Seventh Grade year arose, I accepted without hesitation.  Three-hour commutes on a yellow school bus to lower Manhattan turned into forty-five minutes … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Kim ’17

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