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, President and CEO of New York-based 5W Public Relations. He has overseen the company's rapid growth and expansion to the Inc. 500 list, as well as provided counsel to hundreds of companies, including members of the Fortune 500, Inc. 500 and Forbes 400. His work spans global interests, corporate entities, high-profile individuals, regional business entities, government agencies and academic institutions - both on routine public relations matters and extremely sensitive issues. One of the foremost public relations experts in the U.S., Torossian is known for his aggressive, results-focused orientation, as well as his close working relationships with members of the media, influencers, decision makers, politicians and celebrities. At 5W Public Relations, Torossian's client experience has included programs for Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch, Barnes & Noble, Cantor Fitzgerald, IHOP, McDonald's, Evian, EDS, VeriSign, XM Radio, Seagram's, The Loews Regency, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment, Marriott Hotels, Vail Resorts, Pamela Anderson, Snoop Dogg, the Government of Israel, and others. Referred to by The New York Post as a "publicity guru," by Fox News as a "high-powered PR CEO," by Tyra Banks as a "crisis management guru," and by CNN as "a leading PR expert," Torossian is regularly featured in and quoted by the media, including by CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NBC, The New York Times, and others. CBS National News said "Ronn Torossian knows spin," and a New York Times feature story on Torossian referred to him as "The consummate hard-driving, scrappy NY publicist." Earlier in his career, Torossian was a Vice President/Group Director for one of The InterPublic Group's (IPG) largest PR agencies, where he was responsible for significant client growth and successful client programs, including work for Clinique, Fox News Channel, DHL, Hard Rock Café and others. A resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Torossian was named to the Advertising Age "40 Under 40" list, PR Week's "40 Under 40" List, is a regular lecturer at universities and conferences, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of numerous non-profit organizations.