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BIG Idea Competition finals will take place at NSU Student Center

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Area high schools' top idea generators will compete for cash and scholarships at the BIG Idea Competition finals Dec. 5 at Northern State University.


Eight finalists, chosen from 293 students who submitted 225 applications, will make final presentations to judges from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Awards will be presented from 2-2:30 p.m. All events take place at the NSU Student Center.
Finalists present to judges - 9:45 a.m. to noon
Lunch - Noon-12:45 p.m.
Welcome and opening video - 12:45-1 p.m.
Local entrepreneur panel - 1:15-2 p.m. with Josh Fritz, Crow Peak Brewing Company; Erin Fouberg, Maggie Delaney; and Terry Schiltz, AgSense.
Awards - 2-2:30 p.m.
Miranda Panzer and Jennie Palmer of Pierre T.F. Riggs High School won the BIG Idea Marketing Design Award of $500 for their project, "The Basset," advised by Cheryl Ulmen.
Awards to be given Dec. 5:
BIG Idea Competition
• 3rd place - $250
• 2nd place - $500 cash, $500 Presentation College scholarship, $500 Northern State scholarship
• 1st place - $1,000 cash,  $1,000 Northern State University scholarship, $1,000 Presentation College scholarship
       BIG Idea Competition Finalists


Business Name
Team Members
School Name
School Advisor
Kirsten Van Dam
Rapid City Central High School
Independent Study
Doggie Spaw
Allison Weber
Groton High School
Independent Study
Picture This
Karrie Stickler and Alex Remily
Doland High School
Janet Hallberg
Hoffman Trucking
April Hoffman
Leola High School
Traci Butler
Mendel's Spray Foam Insulation
Jason Mendel
Doland High School
Janet Hallberg
Just Imagine! Educational Toys
Samuel Ryckman
Ryckman’s Homeschool
Carolyn Ryckman
Start Me Up
Zach De Groot
Tri-Valley High School
Deb Peters
Enchanted Evening
Kjerstin   Williams
Brandon Valley High School
Lana Main



The competition is coordinated by the Small Business Development Center and funded by Absolutely!Aberdeen with additional support provided by McQuillen Creative Group and the Tom and Danielle Aman Foundation, with support from the Aberdeen American News, Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen Development Corporation, Aberdeen Downtown Association, Aberdeen Catholic School System–Roncalli High School, Aberdeen School District–Central High School, Dacotah Bank, Northern State University, and Presentation College. More information can be found at