GENEVA, N.Y.–Hobart College sophomore Anthony Patrone, of Lackawanna, and William Smith College senior Amy Dundas, of Geneva, will each carry the Olympic torch through part of its travel of upstate New York on December 31. Dundas will carry the torch through parts of the greater Seneca Falls area, and Patrone will carry the torch through parts of the greater Buffalo area. The students are two of the more than 11,500 torchbearers who will help carry the Olympic flame through 250 U.S. cities and 46 states.
The Colleges were given the opportunity for students from the greater Geneva area and the greater Buffalo area to participate in a selection process to choose individuals who would carry the Olympic torch on its way to Salt Lake City. The two students were chosen through an essay contest the topic of which was a person who inspired the writer. Patrone wrote about his grandmother, Catherine Packard, of Lackawanna, N.Y., who died in August at the age of 85. Dundas wrote about her mother, Donna Dundas, of Geneva, N.Y.
“It's a really special accomplishment especially because of my grandmother,” said Patrone, who is especially proud of his grandmother's ability to raise eight children after his grandfather died young.
“I feel special to be chosen to be a part of the tradition of the Olympic torch,” he said. Patrone is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and performs community service at the local soup kitchen and the Geneva Boxing Club. He played football for the Statesmen during his first year at the Colleges.
Patrone is the son of Joseph and Lenore Patrone, of Lackawanna.
Dundas received the Barbara Ether Memorial Award during William Smith College's annual Moving Up Day ceremony last year. She works on campus as an orientation coordinator.