Jessi Opett is a sophomore at Bishop Kearney High School, where she participates in soccer, theater and band. In her free time, she enjoys writing, playing piano, drawing and embroidering. She aspires to be a writer, actress or director when she is older. She has two loving parents and two wonderful sisters. Her Irish descent comes from her mother’s parents. Her grandfather is from Askeaton in County Limerick, and her grandmother is from Fermoy in County Cork.
Many would agree with the old adage, that there are only two kinds of people in this world, those who are Irish, and those who wish they were. Muriel Duggan Spillane Davenport was lucky enough to be born Irish, and everyone who knew Mert, as she was affectionately known, knew she was as Irish as Patty's pig. Mert was very active in the Irish community and was a long-time member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, and even served as their president. She also volunteered for many years with the Hilton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and said it brought her so much happiness to give back to the community.
Jack Nolan was a lifelong Rochesterian. Born in 1939 to John and Patricia Nolan, he was the eldest of six children. Jack attended Our Lady of Good Counsel grammar school and West High School. As a young man, he loved to dance and was an excellent ice skater and swimmer. He was a lifeguard at Charlotte Beach and Genesee Valley Park where he taught his younger siblings how to swim. After graduation, he joined the Army and served both state side, and in Japan. In 1982, he married Ginger Spiegel. He was often heard to say, " went on a date and never came home". They were married for 35 years.