TROY - Old yearbooks were neatly arranged on a table.

Above everyone's heads, red and white balloons hung in the air like planets in a solar system.

A row of refreshments beckoned.

Everything was ready for the 116th Troy High School Alumni Reception at Memorial Auditorium Friday in Troy.

Attendees sat at tables, chatted with friends, and caught up with classmates.

The yearly ritual had begun.

"I think it's a great way for people to reconnect, and for current graduates to get a perspective on what 10, 20, 30, 40 years might be like for them," said the master of ceremonies, Doreen Hettich-Atkins, a member of the Class of 1981.

Currently, she's the senior assistant to the vice president of student affairs and campus life at Ithaca College.

She has fond memories of Troy High School, which she said prepared her well academically.

"It gave me a great education," she said, noting that she went on to earn two degrees, a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's of education from Temple University.

Hettich-Atkins said she keeps in touch with her Troy High School friends on Facebook. Looking back on her high school days, she recalled when her class had a toga dance instead of a senior prom.

"We dressed in togas, and had a very good time," she said.

Representatives of seven anniversary classes, spanning the years from 1942 to 2002, were scheduled to make brief remarks. The class representatives were:

Class of 1942 - Elwood Braund

Class of 1952 - Beverly Wilbur Evans

Class of 1962 - Evan Williams Jr.

Class of 1972 - John Estep

Class of 1982 - John Brown

Class of 1992 - Robin Pellor Hawk

Class of 2002 - Cynthia Inman Mitstifer.

Senior Class President Corrin Binford responded for the Class of 2012 and introduced members of the Senior Class. Seniors attending were to receive a class memento and be eligible for a drawing for a laptop computer. A reception in the lobby was to follow the program.

In her prepared remarks, Binford wrote, "As I look out into the audience, I believe I am a time traveler. I can see the past, the present, and the future."

"I see those who have been here before, the alumni, and see the shoes we need to fulfill. The alumni here tonight were in our place once."

Everyone seemed to be having a good time.

Rhea Kenyon, from the Class of 1972, said, "I enjoy seeing the classmates and other alumni, and I enjoy the program."

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