CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An Elyria woman is breaking barriers after being named one of three students to portray the University of Notre Dame’s school mascot for the upcoming year.
Lynette Wukie, Conal Fagan, and Samuel Jackson will wear the iconic suit and Irish country hat for the 2019-20 school year.
Wukie will be the first woman ever to serve as the leprechaun. Her and Jackson will also be the second and third African-Americans to hold the role, according to the University of Notre Dame.
The Elyria native earned her spot on the mascot team because of her “passionate outlook and dedication to leadership,” the school said.
“Who says the Fighting Irish can’t fight like a girl?,” Wukie said in her video application.
Wukie is majoring in film, television, and theatre, and has helped organize fundraising events to support charities that empower women.
“I talked about being a role model (during the tryout process) because even through high school and into college, it’s always been important to me to be someone people can look up to,” Wukie said. "I think I hadn’t (yet) found that thing, like I wasn’t fulfilling my true purpose here to be that face and that role model, so when this opportunity came about I thought it was destiny.