Who Are the UNC Walk-Ons?
Julia Rafferty is a Junior Dramatic Arts & Media and Journalism major with a minor in Music from Southington, Connecticut. She is so excited to be President of the Walk-Ons this semester! She loves to spend her time jump roping, creating beautiful charcuterie boards, and daydreaming about being Tik Tok famous. Her favorite memory with the Walk-Ons was during her callback when the group sang “I Put a Spell on You.” She had never felt more eager to sing with people than at that moment. Soon enough, the Walk-Ons became a major support system for Julia and her home away from home while at Carolina. Julia’s favorite type of shoes is bedazzled wedge flip-flops.
Ella is in her fourth year with the Walk-Ons majoring Environmental Studies with a Minor in Marine Science. She enjoys juggling, ASMR, and listening to movie soundtracks. Her favorite memory while in the group is their performance at the annual Breast Cancer charity event at Elon University. It was one of the last times they sang the 2018-2019 ICCA set, and its reception by the crowd was glorious. While dangerous to pick a shoe other than the Walk-Ons signature Carolina Blue Converse, Ella's favorite shoe is undoubtably her strappy maroon Doc Marten sandals.
Vice President/Co-Publicity Manager
Casey is a Sophomore Sociology major from Lynchburg, Virginia who is in her second year with the Walk-Ons! She religiously watches the Philadelphia76ers, is currently learning how to play the electric guitar, and spends most of her time serenading her cat, Stevie. One of her first and favorite memories with the Walk-Ons was the excitement the night she found out she was in the acappella group. As an Out of State student she was very lucky to find her small supportive community the second week she walked on to campus. Her Favorite type of shoe is the Firkenstock. Fake Birkenstocks.
Business Manager/Co-Publicity Manager
Maggie is an Anthropology and Political Science double major from Waxhaw, North Carolina, currently in her second year with the Walk-Ons. She enjoys listening to new music, reading, and having deep political conversations at 3 am. She also has a three-legged dog named Lulu whom she loves very much and constantly bombards people with photos of. Her favorite memory with the Walk-Ons is her first concert with the group in Fall of 2019. She loves being a member of the Walk-Ons because she feels it is one place on campus she can truly be her authentic self and do so while making beautiful music. She loves her light pink dino stompers (aka Filas).
Luke is a Senior an Environmental Studies and Geography double major from Apex, North Carolina in his final year with the Walk-Ons! During quarantine, he has rediscovered a passion for gaming and is currently in pursuit of virtual love while playing Stardew Valley. His favorite memory with the Walk-Ons was the group’s final (emotional) run-through of their 2019 ICCA set before taking the stage. His favorite shoes are Carolina Blue Crocs (with the fur lining).
Co-Assistant Music Director
Aaron is a Senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Music, from Yadkinville, North Carolina in his final year with the Walk-Ons. His hobbies include baking for his housemates, knitting scarves for his Secret Santas, biking, and playing sand volleyball! One of his favorite memories with the Walk-Ons was his first retreat in Lumberton. It was there he began to feel close to the people who have truly become his family at UNC. His favorite shoe, the classic Birkenstock.
Co-Assistant Music Director
Kevin is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina seeking a Psychology and Dramatic Arts major. He is so excited to be serving as the Walk-Ons assistant music director this semester! He enjoys making incredible covers on his Instagram (@kevinwholeymusic) and performing on stage with Company Carolina theater! His favorite memory with the Walk-Ons is at the semesterly retreats where he gets to meet the new Baby Steps and enjoy a long weekend with his second family. He never goes anywhere without his Chacos.
Skylar is a senior from Raleigh, North Carolina majoring in Environmental Studies, Public Policy, and minoring in Geographic Information Science. She has loved being part of the Walk-Ons since her freshman year, and in her spare time, she likes to make Tik Toks, talk about labor rights, and learn about true crime. Skylar is not currently taking any questions about her future but is accepting thoughts and prayers. She and Ella are of one mind with the classic Doc Martens coming in at #1.
Carly is a senior out-of-state-student from Tampa, Florida majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Africa and African American Diaspora Studies and Women and Gender Studies She is likely to be found wearing sweatpants and napping at any given time. One of her favorite Walk-Ons memories is singing “All you need is love” for a bride and groom at their wedding (so tender). She’s excited to savor every bit of her last year with the Walk-Ons and looks forward to making more music videos with them. Her favorite type of shoe is either slippers or high heels; there is no in-between.
Our Earth, Wind and Fire
Nikhil is a senior from Dallas, Texas studying Health Policy and Management, Psychology, and Public Policy. He loves listening to podcasts, Thai food, and running. The Walk-Ons are Nikhil’s home-base; he knows he can always count on the Walk-Ons for support or good Tik Toks. His favorite type of shoe is the Adidas All-Star since they're dependable and match with everything!
Our Sun, Moon and Stars
Jadyn is a Senior transfer Public Policy and Sociology double-major from Henderson North Carolina. She joined the Walkons because she loves to sing but didn't have very many outlets to express her musicality. She finds it so exciting to be part of such an awesome crew and have this sense of community. She loves the variety of songs, interests, and passions embedded in this group because she feels it encourages individual and social growth. She doesn't know if she has a favorite shoe but shes on the hunt for a solid pair of black combat boots. She's so jealous of everyone else’s!
Arushi is a Sophomore Neuroscience major with minors in Biology and Japanese from Morrisville North Carolina. She loves bullet journalling and can talk with her mouth closed so you could say she's incredibly gifted. She's so excited to make lovely music and memories with the Walk-Ons! She can’t wait until the Walk-Ons are able to rehearse and perform in person again. Her favorite shoe is probably the right shoe of her chunky filas. She understands that they’re roastable shoes, but thinks they’re fire and refuses to believe otherwise >:).
Jake is a first-year student from a small town near Syracuse, New York majoring in American Indian / Indigenous Studies and Contemporary European Studies and potential minors in Russian or Spanish. He is a member of the EXCEL @Carolina’s European Transatlantic Masters’ cohort and Campus Y’s Global Gap Year Fellowship (‘19-‘20). He LOVES learning new languages, traveling, creating traditional beadwork, playing the violin, or belting show tunes in his 2010 Chevy Impala, Spanky. He is SUPER stocked to become a part of the acappella community and continue creating music with others. His favorite shoe is a pair of custom white vans he traded for a pair of beaded earrings which have a Bluebird Flour Sack sewn onto them. You can find him wearing them on (non-rainy) Fridays, a day he has come to lovingly embrace as “Flour-shoe Friday”.
Russel is a First-year from Raleigh, North Carolina looking to major in Media and Journalism (Advertising) and minor in Hispanic Studies. This is his first year with the Walk-ons! He loves to bake, even if it doesn’t always turn out the best, and has been trying to learn the bass ukulele for two years to no avail. Russel is thrilled to be a part of the Walk-ons and is so excited for this year. He’s excited for the community found in the group as well as getting to sing with such amazing people. Russel’s favorite shoes are his blue checkered vans that are falling apart from years of use and being chewed on by his dog, Bogey.