This weekend I thoroughly enjoyed attending the 20 year Stuyvesant HS reunion party for the Class of 1992. Mothers, fathers and old friends – today, professionals ranging from Internal medicine specialists to Ford Motor Executives living in Mexico City, Producers for Good Morning America to California restaurant owners, employment attorneys at a white-shoe midtown NYC firm to a toy distributor attended and it was just great.  I really enjoyed attending and reconnecting with people whom I graduated high school with.

Of course it was very interesting to see who and what people have become (everyone had on those cheesy name tags), and attending what was (and is) considered as one of the best public academic high schools in the nation in the last ‘80’s and early 90’s was a truly enjoyable experience. (Albeit one I have to thank my mother for as I didn’t want to travel 1.5 hours each way, but did and eventually preferred it over my local zoned high school.)

I played varsity basketball, which shaped a lot of my experience – and rarely attended class (as I was reminded of again last nite). Seeing half of the team show up was fun as we shared war stories about our aching backs, knees and stories which today would be qualified as hazing and have arrests made.  We relived a lot of humor, shared and laughed about stories which I didn’t remember – and all in all was so nice seeing old familiar faces.

New York City was a different city then – graffiti ridden subways, at times dangerous but I wouldn’t have traded attending Stuyvesant for anything.  On so many levels it was really such a special place and for this boy from the Bronx it really opened up my eyes to so many things, places and opportunities.

And now, I am off to prepare my kids to be the best they can academically so when the time comes in a few years they will also get into Stuyvesant High School.

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Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 175 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, was named to PR Week's "40 under Forty" list, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations" is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.