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The Missouri Southern State University Fight Song was written by Missouri Southern music professor Delbert Johnson in the early 1970s . Johnson wrote the tune but did not add words. So, for 40 years the song has had no lyrics.
Earlier this year, the university sponsored a contest open to all to find words to the melody.
The winners are Kathy DeMint, (in left in photograph) a music teacher at Stapleton Elementary School in Joplin and Amy Sampson, an English teacher at Monett High School. Both are MSSU alumnae.
Kathy DeMint and Amy Sampson both submitted separate lyrics that ended up being molded together for the final Fight Song.
Brian Fronzaglia, Director of Percussion Studies and Athletic Bands who oversaw the contest, reported that more than 100 entries were received.
Amy Sampson, originally from DeKalb, graduated in 2002 with an associate's degree from Ozark Christian and in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in teacher education from MSSU. She teaches English IV, Senior Career English, & AP Literature and Composition at Monett High. Amy is also a youth minister, photographer, guitarist and singer/songwriter. She will release her first album, By and By, later this year.
She says she wrote her version of the fight song in about 30 minutes over the course of several nights. She said she talked to her friend MSSU Coach Jaime Green to make sure she included all of the MOSO catchphrases she could in the song.
Amy says, "I noticed most of the famous fight songs were about victory and perseverance, so I wanted to capture those ideas in the lyrics."
Kathy DeMint teaches K-5 Music at Stapleton Elementary and is director of the Joplin Elementary All-City Singers (an auditioned group of 4th and 5th graders from the Joplin R-8 School system). She also co-directs the Joplin Elementary All-City Orchestra. Kathy received her bachelor of science in music education and vocal and instrumental K-12 certification from Missouri Southern in 1980. "I have always had a strong attachment to Missouri Southern and a love for music," she says.
"I have marched to the Fight Song with the Lion Pride Band and have heard it many times as a student and then as the parent of a band student. Writing lyrics for this familiar melody was something I really wanted to do."