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Notre Dame Makes History With New Mascot Announcement

Notre Dame's mascot dancing with the band.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 16: The Leprechaun from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish excites the crowd in front of the Notre Dame Marching band against of the Michigan Wolverines September 16, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan won 47-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun is one of the most iconic mascots in sports. Ahead of next season, the school has made some history with their announcement of the new students taking on the role.

On Tuesday, the Notre Dame athletic program announced a historic new class of Leprechauns with three new additions. Among them is Lynette Wukie, who has made history as the first woman to serve as the mascot.

Wukie is listed as a film/television/theatre major with minors in business economics and musical theatre. She has significant cheerleading experience dating back to her high school years, and has also performed on stage.

In addition to Wukie, the historic "class" of Leprechauns will include Samuel Jackson (no relation to the actor), making Wukie and Jackson the second and third-ever African-Americans to serve as mascot.

The mascot team will also include Conal Fagan, who was born in Northern Ireland, and will be the first native-Irishman to play the Leprechaun.

Expectations for Notre Dame's athletic programs are certain to be high next year.

The football team made it to the College Football Playoff for the first time after a 12-0 record.

Meanwhile, the women's basketball team made it to the NCAA Tournament Final.

These three students will get a front-row seat to the 2019-20 season as they try to improve on the success they had last year.

Congrats to the three newest Lephrechauns!