Notre Dame Athletics | April 17, 2019
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame cheerleading program announced its leprechaun lineup for the 2019-20 school year Tuesday, with the most diverse roster set to take the field, court and ice since the leprechaun became the school's official mascot in 1965.
Junior Samuel Jackson and sophomores Conal Fagan and Lynnette Wukie will don the green suit and Irish country hat next season. Jackson and Wukie will become the second and third African Americans to hold the role, while Wukie will also be the first woman to serve as the leprechaun. Fagan, a native of Derry, Northern Ireland, will enter his second season as the mascot and is the first native Irishman to play the part.
"We're so excited to welcome Sam, Conal and Lynnette as next year's leprechauns," head cheerleading coach Delayna Herndon said. "Each bring their own strengths and personalities to the role, and I'm excited to see them represent Notre Dame on the sidelines next season. As such a visible representative of Notre Dame, the leprechaun is a role model to fans across the country, and we hope this group can inspire people of all backgrounds to see themselves as a vital part of the Notre Dame family."
Though not related to the famous actor, Jackson brings his own theatricality to the role of the leprechaun. Double majoring in film, television and theatre and American studies, Jackson excelled in eliciting crowd participation during his tryout with performance credentials that run deep. He has participated in nine theatrical productions at Notre Dame, and studied at The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago during the summer of 2018.
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