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117 E. 4th Street
Joplin, MO 64801

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Join us for the competition this March!

The Joplin Globe's 42nd annual spelling bee is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Road, in Joplin. Friends and family members of bee contestants, as well as interested community members, are invited and welcome to attend this exciting event. There is no charge, and it's the best way to see area students' spelling skills in action!

The Official Spring 2019
Spelling Bee Word Lists

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4th Grade Lists Spring 2019
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5th Grade Lists Spring 2019
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6th Grade Lists Spring 2019
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Hard Words Study List Spring 2019
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Spelling Bee

Sweaty palms, dry mouths and difficult words are the order of the day when The Joplin Globe presents the annual spelling bee. The event is held at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Road, Joplin Mo.

The work begins in January when schools in the Globe’s circulation area register and receive a study list of approximately 2,500 words. Schools hold individual bees, narrowing it down to one winner from fourth, fifth or sixth-grade to compete in the Globe’s Tournament of Champions.

Mr. Clayton Carnahan, English teacher at Thomas Jefferson, is spell master for this highly anticipated event, which normally attracts some 100 area competitors. Each student who participates receives a small trophy and certificate. Large trophies and cash prizes are awarded to students who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

While spelling is certainly the focus, the bee teaches important lessons in courage and confidence, too!

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