So you can gain an appreciation for Baptist history and heritage and share your ideas with others.
Each year the contest is for high school students and carries cash awards and the publication of the winning essays. It is a special opportunity for individuals or for an entire Sunday school class or Youth Group to encourage its members to enter.
Recent contest themes....
The theme changes each year. For the 2014 Essay Contest the student writers were asked to reflect upon the following statement: "The impact for good which Baptists have made across their 300 year presence in Virginia." The student essay first place winner was Andrew Cook, a homeschooled high school student in Blacksburg, Virginia. His winning essay was published in the Virginia Baptist Register, No. 53 2014.
There were no essay winners in 2015. The 2016 essay topic will expand upon the Heritage Center's theme for 2016 which is "To See a World." The theme is about becoming acquainted with other lands, nations, cultures and faith groups. The 2016 theme became the subject of a book and an exhibit by our partner organization, the Virginia Baptist Historical Society. Rooted in history, the Historical Society presented travel accounts and impressions from 19th century Virginia Baptists. Charged with "remembering the past, imagining the future," the Heritage Center takes the theme more into our present experiences.