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 awards in 2015. In 2016 the topic was on the value of learning about other people and cultures around the world and the winning essay was by Megan Summer Hayes of Amelia, Va.
The 2017 essay theme centers upon Religious Liberty especially in our contemporary society.
Now is the time that young Baptists can leave a mark they can’t erase! We want young Baptists to learn about the past and we want to learn their ideas for the future. If you are an aspiring writer, go for it! If you are a leader of youth in your church, promote the Roots and Wings Young Scholars Essay Contest and encourage your promising youth to go for it!