Welcome Weekend Team Bios:
Name: Caroline VanKirk (Captain)
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Finance with Theology Minor
Favorite ND Tradition: I love Drummer’s Circle at the Dome at midnight before game days!
Favorite Walsh Tradition: Apple Picking, Hall Council, The Share Table!!!
Fun Fact: I spoke fluent Dutch when I was five but have since lost it:/
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Favorite ND Tradition: Touchdown pushups
Favorite Walsh Tradition: Walsh Thanksgiving!!
Fun Fact: I love to sing and am a part of ND’s a Cappella group, Halftime!!
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Major: Science Business with Anthropology minor
Favorite ND Tradition: EVERYTHING related to football gamedays!!!
Favorite Walsh Tradition: Welcome Weekend!
Fun Fact: When I was 8, I dressed up as a hammerhead shark for Halloween (ask me to see a pic -- it's really funny!)
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Major: Marketing with a minor in Collaborative Innovation
Favorite ND tradition: Singing the Alma Mater and the Victory March at pretty much every ND event
Favorite Walsh tradition: The Overnight Retreat!
Fun fact: Once, after a volleyball tournament I was getting lunch with my team and Zendaya was there so we got to meet her! Also, I have two spleens (:
Hometown: Lafayette , LA
Major: Neuroscience & Behavior with supplementary major in Art History.
Favorite ND Tradition: singing the alma mater
Favorite Walsh Tradition: food at literally every event
Fun Fact: I am dyslexic! So I can read equally poorly from any direction.
Alyssa La Bella
Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL
Favorite ND Tradition: Pushups at the football games
Favorite Walsh Tradition: Walsh Overnight Retreat
Fun Fact: I attended the largest all-girls high school in the nation! (Mother McAuley, Go Macs!)
Name: Bridget Drakeley (Captain)
Hometown: Chalfont, PA (suburb of Philadelphia #gobirds)
Major: Neuroscience and Behavior, Minor in Theology
Favorite ND Tradition: Singing the Alma Mater after every sporting event
Favorite Walsh Tradition: The Overnight Retreat
Fun Fact: I’m very double-jointed in my arms and legs
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: English & Pre-Health (supp.) w/Honors Creative Writing Concentration
Favorite ND tradition: AnTostal/any event with free food
Favorite Walsh tradition(s): Senior mass, RA events, & Apple Picking
Fun Fact: I got lost in the French Alps when I was twelve (I've been skiing since I was three! My bio pic is from my trip to Big Sky, MT this past spring break where I skied and went dog-sledding! #MushPuppers) I also started a study-abroad program in Sydney, AUS #Crikey
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan (just outside of Detroit!)
Major: Program of Liberal Studies and Spanish
Favorite ND Tradition: The groan worthy “May I Have Your Attention Please” safety puns after the third quarter at football games.
Favorite Walsh Tradition: Soul Sisters!
Fun Fact: I’ve been to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums!
Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
Major: Math, Economics, and French
Favorite ND Tradition: Having dorm pride and embracing dorm culture
Favorite Walsh Tradition: Bigs and Littles!
Fun Fact: I have a huge fear of heights, but I did make it to the top of the Eiffel Tower (even though I cried the whole way up). I’ve also walked on the Great Wall of China and I’m pleased to say I didn’t cry.
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Major: Finance & Public Service Minor
Favorite ND Tradition: Alma Mater at the end of football games
Favorite Walsh Tradition: Interhall Sports
Fun Fact: Once, the Starbucks barista spelled my name "Onica"
Hometown: St. Louis MO, but I live in Boston MA now
Major: Biology with a Science, Technology, and Values minor
Favorite ND tradition: Singing the Alma Mater after Football Games
Favorite Walsh tradition: The Overnight and the RA events every week
Fun Fact: If you count Indiana I have lived in five different states, three of which I lived in during 2017. (Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Indiana)
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
Major: Consulting Management
Favorite ND Tradition: The first snowball fight. Warning: it is intense
Favorite Walsh Tradition: The share table
Fun Fact: I am on the lacrosse team here at ND along with six other wild women. Catch us playing at Arlotta in the spring #cellyszzzznnnn. I also love to walk around the lakes when it is nice and prefer North Dining Hall over South #pastastirfry #carboload.
Hometown: Alexandria, Minnesota
Major: Political Science
ND Tradition: SDH candlelit dinners on football weekends! (Or honestly anything to do with SDH in general)
Walsh Tradition: Flag Football
Fun Fact: I really love sock monkeys... they are by far my favorite stuffed animal.