2014 Winners

The 8th annual BIG Idea Competition was a BIG success with 225 entries involving nearly 313 high school students from 32 schools! The BIG Idea Committee would like to congratulate this year’s winners who received over $5,000 in cash and scholarships:

2014 Finalists

BIG IDEA 2014 WINNERS:
Winners of the BIG Idea Competition (Seated, L to R); 1st Place Winner, Rachel Schartz; 2nd Place Winners, Jacob Lux and Emily Smith; Marketing Design Winners, Kourtney Seibel and Hope Knedler; and 3rd Place Winner, Cassandra Ryckman.

Sponsors, Advisors and remaining finalists (standing): Kelly Weaver, Christine Heiman, Bill Broucek, Carolyn Ryckman, Marina Mueke, Troy McQuillen, Logan Gerdes, Andrew Childs, Dylan Pauli, Mike Mattison, Brady Krause, Louis Mehlhaff, Colton Shoop, Molly McMahon, Terry Beacom, Cheryl Ulmen, Makenzee Gooley. Not pictured is Emily Heiberger.

Photo By Dawn Sahli Photography

First Place:
Ace the Pace

Ace the Pace is an app designed to help students with pacing, strategies, and practice for standardized testing.

Rachel Schartz of West Central High School
Second Place:
Chores R Us

Chores R Us is a reliable business that provides services to the area farmers and ranchers who have a need for additional labor.

Jacob Lux and Emily Smith of Eureka High School
Third Place:
Cassandra’s Quilted Gifts

Cassandra’s Quilted Gifts will specialize in one of a kind heirloom quality quilts, pillow cases, bags and other household treasures!

Cassandra Ryckman of Ryckman’s Home School

Other Finalists

Farmer in the Dell Child Care Services

Farmer in the Dell is a child care service that hires high school and college students to babysit and nanny for the West Central, Tri- Valley, Montrose, and Wall Lake areas.

Makenzee Gooley and Molly McMahon of West Central High School
Ready Up Rodeo Company

Ready Up Rodeo Company is a rodeo training program for beginners and those who have been in the rodeo world.

Colton Shoop of Pierre T.F. Riggs High School
Hawk Moonlight Movies

Hawks Moonlight Movies is an Indoor and Drive-In Movie Theater with concessions.

Emily Heiberger, Christine Heiman, and Marina Muecke of Canistota High School
Bytes and Pieces

Bytes and Pieces is a computer repair, customization, and piece replacement shop looking to arm the tech guru and aid the technologically impaired alike.

Andrew Childs and Louis Mehlhaff of Pierre T.F. Riggs High School
KGP Organic Gardens

KGP Organic Gardens includes an indoor, organic fruit and vegetable garden with an emphasis on helping kids eat healthier.

Brady Krause, Dylan Pauli, and Logan Gerdes of Milbank High School

2014 Finalist Concept Overviews

Download the 2014 Finalists and Honorable Mentions (PDF)


BIG Idea 2014 Competition Awards Presentation:


Winner of the Marketing Design competition, sponsored by McQuillen Creative Group, was:

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First Place:
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Hope Knedler and Kourtney Seibel of Vermillion High School

Thank you to our 2014 Speakers!

Travis Kiefer
Kiefer Enterprises, LLC

Calvin Cramer
Cookie Monsters

Ashley Kingdon-Reese
Independent Health Solutions

Special Thanks

A Special Thanks to the teachers who encouraged their students’ participation.

Thanks to the committee members and community leaders who participated as judges, panelists and supporters.

Next year’s competition will open again on September 1, 2015.