TJ 4th Grader Shrihari Nagarajan won the TJ spelling Bee, and then went on to win the regional Joplin Globe Spelling Bee on March 17, 2014.
Students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades participate in the TJ Spelling Bee. Five finalists from each class were selected to participate in the school bee. The TJ bees, held in January or February, consists of two bees, an elementary bee and a middle school bee.
Recent Spelling Bee winners include:2017-2018: Alexis Stamps (MS) and Daisy Drown (LS)
2016-2017: Prithvi Nagarajan (LS)
2014-2015: Sonia Carlson (MS) and Brinn Schnelle (LS)
2013-2014: Savannah Dillard (MS) and Shrihari Nagarajan (LS)
2012-2013: Shannon Tewari (MS) and Savannah Dillard (LS)
2010-2011: Gabriel Hershewe (MS) and Henry White (LS)
2009-2010: Pranav Suri (MS) and Henry White (LS)
2008-2009: Suma Ancha (MS) and Pranav Suri (LS)
2007-2008: Sanjay Jenkins (MS) and Christian Atteberry (LS)
School winners represent TJ at the Annual Joplin Globe Spelling Bee held in the spring. TJ has hosted this regional spelling bee event since 2014.