The first year of the BIG Idea Competition was a BIG success with 101 entries involving 144 high school students from 10 schools! The BIG Idea Committee would like to congratulate this year’s winners who received over $4,000 in cash and scholarships.

BIG Idea 2007 Finalists & Sponsors:
SEATED: Kaitlyn Randall, Sarah Giese and Kelsey Hofer. STANDING: JoEllen Lindner, Presentation College; Chad Evans, Absolutely! Aberdeen; Kristin Payne; Brooke Feickert; Dr. David Chown, Northern State University; Katie Tschappat; Megan Hoffman; Michael Rohrbach; Michael Holkesvik; Miranda Bitz; Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center; and Amanda Flint. ,

First Place

Tennis Mania
Kaitlyn Randall and Sarah Giese of Aberdeen Roncalli high School

Second Place:

The Fifties Diner and Drive-in Movie Theater
Miranda Bitz and Amanda Flint of Aberdeen Central High School

Third Place:

Hub City Party Planners
Kristin Payne of Leola High School

Other Finalists

Women’s Tools

Michael Holkesvik of Aberdeen Central High SchoolNifty Nannies

Megan Hoffman of Leola High SchoolBow-Wow Dog Services

Brooke Feickert of Leola High SchoolJava Jive Coffee

Katie Tschappat of Leola High SchoolH & R Cleaning

Michael Rohrbach and Kelsey Hofer of Aberdeen Central High School

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.

The next competition will open again on September 1, 2008.