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. In 2011, the theme was "Compassionate Churches." Four award winners were selected and their essays were published in a booklet. The topic for the 2012 Essay Contest was: "Let Me Tell You About the Person Who Has Most Influenced My Thought as a Baptist and Let Me Tell You Why..." Four award winners were selected. For the 2013 Essay Contest the student writers were asked to reflect upon the following statement: "How to achieve racial reconciliation in the United States on the 150th anniversary of emancipation." The student essay first place winner was Rachel Cook, a homeschooled high school student in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her essay was published in the Virginia Baptist Register, No. 52 2013.
What about the 2014 Essay Contest? The Essay will salute the 300th anniversary of a Baptist presence in Virginia. Check "the question" to see the Essay Subject.