The 7th annual BIG Idea Competition was a BIG success with 225 entries involving nearly 300 high school students from 31 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:

Winners of the BIG Idea Competition (seated, l to r); Marketing Design winners, Jennie Palmer
and Miranda Panzer; 2nd Place winner, Allison Weber; 3rd place winner, Kristin Van Dam; and 1st
Place winner, Kjerstin Williams. Remaining finalists (standing): Karrie Stickler, Alex Remily, April
Hoffman, Jason Mendel, Samuel Ryckman, and Zach DeGroot.
Photo by: Chris Heier Photography

Hear from students about their experience with the
BIG Idea Competition

First Place:

Enchanted Evening
Enchanted Evening is a formal, prom, or special occasion dress consignment website providing “like new” dresses to buyers through an on-line store that will sell for a fraction of the cost.Kjerstin Williams of Brandon Valley High School

Second Place:

Doggie Spaw
Doggie Spaw is a resort like facility providing boarding, behavioral training, grooming, and specialty products for dogs where owners can be assured that their dogs are getting the very best attention.Allison Weber of Groton High School

Third Place:

Krutchers will change crutches from a necessity to an accessory by providing decorative accessories for crutches.Kirsten Van Dam of Rapid City Central High School

Other Finalists

Just Imagine! Educational Toys
Just Imagine! Educational Toys will be an expansion of the South Dakota Discover Center, providing quality educational toys, books and science related products.

Samuel Ryckman of Ryckman’s Homeschool, Pierre

Mendel’s Spray Foam Insulation
My big idea involves creating a spray foam business, an alternative insulation solution which is quick, efficient, and cost effective.

Jason Mendel of Doland High School

Hoffman Trucking
Hoffman Trucking is a family run business which hauls everything from livestock to equipment with fast, friendly service.

April Hoffman of Leola High School

Picture This
Our business idea is “Picture This”, a photo copying system, in which we will transfer customer’s photos onto a DVD, with options of special effects and musical backgrounds.

Karrie Stickler and Alex Remily of Doland High School

Start Me Up
Start Me Up is a program to help teach people about computers particularly older groups who are inexperienced with computers and children who would like to start to understand computers.

Zach De Groot of Tri-Valley High School

Download the 2013 Finalists and Honorable Mentions (PDF)

BIG Idea 2013 Competition Awards Presentation:

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

The Basset
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First Place:
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Miranda Panzer and Jennie Palmer of Pierre T.F. Riggs High School

Thank you to our 2013 Speakers!

AJ Hoffman
SoDak Sports

Erin Foulberg
Maggie Delaney

Heath Johnson
Dakota Plains Energy

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, 2014.