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: 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

Alumni Spotlight: Jahin Rahman ’17

When I started De La Salle Academy (DLSA), I was an extremely shy student. I had just immigrated to the United States two years  prior, and was still in the process of learning English. I never thought that attending an academically gifted private school was within my reach. When I was accepted, I felt as … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jahin Rahman ’17

Alumni Spotlight: Eilleen Ingram-Willis ’93

I am from Brooklyn and was one of the four incoming 6th grade students who made the journey from East Flatbush to De La Salle Academy (DLSA) in the fall of 1990.  My life would forever be changed.  Not satisfied with the options for local middle schools in my neighborhood, my parents made the ultimate decision to … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Eilleen Ingram-Willis ’93

Alumni Spotlight: Carlo Portes, ’91

I grew up in Astoria, Queens and enrolled at De La Salle for my 7th grade year. My dad had read about the school in a local newspaper and was convinced it was the school for me (and my cousin Adrian, who I grew up with and would enroll the same year as me in the … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Carlo Portes, ’91

Alumni Spotlight: 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. … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Grisselle Escotto, ’01

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