The 6th annual BIG Idea Competition was a BIG success with 207 entries involving 299 high school students from 30 schools! The BIG Idea Committee and Absolutely! Aberdeen would like to congratulate this year’s winners who received over $5,000 in cash and scholarships:

SEATED: Austin Lentsch, Rachel Schartz, and Alexander Thomason STANDING: Troy McQuillen, McQuillen Creative Group; JoEllen Lindner, Presentation College; Cheryl Ulmen, Pierre T.F. Riggs HS; Dr. James Smith, NSU; Linda Petersen, West Central HS; Linda Leier Thomason, SF Washington HS (parent); Julie Johnson, Absolutely!Aberdeen and Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center. NOT PICTURED: Samuel Ryckman Photo by: Dawn Sahli Photography

Hear from students about their experience with the
BIG Idea Competition


First Place:

Canning Coaches
Rachel Schartz of West Central High School

Second Place:

AJ’s Cakery Bakery
Austin Lentsch of Pierre T.F. Riggs High School

Third Place:

Braced With Style
Alexander Thomason of Sioux Falls Washington High School

Other Finalists

Tot Stop Daycare
Rachel Lynch and Sabrina Rasmussen of Doland High School
Hoffman Custom Corn Chopping
Tyler Hoffman of Leola High School
Through the Lens
Kathryn Kilpatrick, Hillary Rounds and Kendra Steffes of Brookings High School
M&K’s Detail & Designs
Kaylynn Noethlich and Michaella Stahl of Doland High School
The Spot
Madison Rodriguez and Aubrey Wald of Pierre T.F. Riggs High School

Download the 2012 Finalists and Honorable Mentions (PDF)

BIG Idea 2012 Competition Awards Presentation:

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

Happy Zapper Laser Tag Rental
First Place:
Happy Zapper Laser Tag Rental
Samuel Ryckman of Ryckman’s Homeschool

Thank you to our 2012 Speakers!

Nathan Gellhaus
Angelhaus Regional
Basic Care Center

Cory Geffre
Common Success

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, 2013.