Alumni Spotlight: Alan Engram ’90

Before De La Salle Academy (DLSA), I did not understand the concept of working hard for my academic achievements, because prior to joining DLSA, I attended a school where I wasn’t challenged, and didn’t need to work hard to do well academically. Once I joined the DLSA community, it became clear that achieving academic excellence … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Alan Engram ’90

Alumni Spotlight: Vladic Ravich ’98

Compassion was not top of mind for me when I was a student at De La Salle. Brother Brian even mentioned it to me when I graduated. I don’t remember the exact words, but they were definitely of the “humble thyself” variety. In the decades since, I often recall his tongue in cheek nudge to … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Vladic Ravich ’98

Alumni Spotlight: Shannon McPherson ’05

De La Salle, more than any one institution, was pivotal in shaping who Shannon McPherson is today. As a fifth grader I was the smartest in my class and most reserved, if you can imagine that compared to how I am now. But I learned to navigate that environment so that I could survive day … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Shannon McPherson ’05

Alumni Spotlight: Nicole Castro ’99

I was an A student at a catholic school in the Bronx, and my parents could see I wasn’t being challenged. At age 12, I wasn’t interested in being challenged or changing schools. I liked being one of the smartest kids in my class. However, going through the De La Salle Academy (DLSA) admissions process … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Nicole Castro ’99

Alumni Spotlight: Jasmine Mitchell ’95

My name is Jasmine Mitchell from the class of 1995. I remember starting the sixth grade learning how to navigate three trains to get from Park Slope to the Upper West Side, where De La Salle was located on the very top floor of the 97th street school building. I learned of De La Salle from … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jasmine Mitchell ’95

Alumni Spotlight: Malkese Edwards ’09

My name is Malkese Edwards from the Class of 2009. I began middle school at M.S. 181, a large public school in the Bronx.  The school was very close to my home where I lived with my mother and grandmother. I found out about De La Salle Academy during the sixth grade, due to my … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Malkese Edwards ’09

Alumni Spotlight: John Volquez ’09

I remember the application process for De La Salle Academy vividly—I was in the 5th grade, and it coincided with my application process for Prep for Prep, which I had purposely sabotaged during the second round because I didn’t want to “become a nerd.” Seeing how upset throwing away the opportunity to join the Prep … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: John Volquez ’09

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Marti ’90

My name is Emily Mart (née Rodriguez), and I hail from one of the original sets of De La Salle Academy alumni. I enrolled in 1997 when the school was only three years old, and the students hadn’t yet come up with anything more clever than “the top floor of Holy Name School” to call … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Emily Marti ’90

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Angel Gonzalez ’99

Greetings! I am Angel Gonzalez. I was born in Medellin, Colombia, but raised in the Bronx. I have worked with middle and high school age students in an array of educational programs and community organizations as a teacher, mentor, and researcher. I am proud to say that I’m a member of the legendary DLSA class of … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Angel Gonzalez ’99

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