Duluth Woman's Legend Lives On In Lyrics

By KBJR News 1

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 9:55 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - It's a song that holds a special place in one Duluth woman's heart.

The Duluth East High School Fight Song is played at school events throughout the year and for Betty Marciniak-Ahrendt is sung at many family events as well - for good reason.

It's a love that has no boundaries.

"I love music, and dancing, aw - I just love dancing too."

So when Betty Marciniak-Ahrendt was asked in her junior high music class to write words to a song her teacher played, she didn't take any chances.

"I just wrote them down but I had to hide them because the girls were trying to copy mine and I was like 'you're not going to get my song," said Betty.

The lyrics she handed in to her teacher were then chosen for the first verse in a song many Duluthians know and sing proudly.

"Our school song is what really moves our students and our staff and really gets the crowd going and it's who we are," said Laurie Knapp, principal at Duluth East High School

Betty recently celebrated her 90th birthday and among her presents, a small token of Duluth East's appreciation.

"We sent her a bouquet of flowers and just mentioned that the words of her song still drive our spirit. We just wanted her to know how special she was and how special her words are even today," said Principal Knapp.

A song that inspires and thrills while still ringing true for Greyhounds of all age

Betty has been invited to the Spring Sports Assembly at East next Tuesday, where she'll be honored.

Written for the web by Elayne Crecelius
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