MHS students Korbin Leddy and Paul Van Dover were two of the eight finalists chosen from 276 entries in the annual South Dakota Big Idea final competition. The competition and awards were held at Northern State University on December 11.
The Big Idea fosters entrepreneurial thinking and encourages high school students to create business ideas to solve today’s problems. Paul Van Dover developed Vandy’s Lawn Care and Korbin Leddy submitted Korbin’s Steak Express. Students in the final round gave a formal presentation of their business and a 30-second elevator pitch to a panel of judges.
Leddy was announced as the first place winner during the awards ceremony. He received a $1,000 cash prize and scholarships to Northern State University, Presentation College, and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The students’ ag education teacher, Mr. Jerry Janisch, accompanied them to the event. Janisch also received the Partner in Business Award for his support of students in the contest.
Submitted Photo: (l. to r.) Kelly Weaver of the SD Small Business Development Center, a Big Idea supporter, Korbin Leddy, Mr. Jerry Janisch, a Big Idea supporter.