Notre Dame says Wukie cited her "need to lead" in her application. The Ohio native also included a video in which she said: "Who says the Fighting Irish can't fight like a girl?" Other leprechauns cheering for Notre Dame's teams are junior Samuel Jackson and sophomore Conal Fagan. Jackson and Wukie are the second and third African Americans in the role. Fagan, a returning leprechaun, hails from Northern Ireland.
The leprechaun became the school's official mascot in 1965.