2020 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners

Scandia, KS – Republic County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the 4th Annual Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Monday, March 2nd at the Pike Valley High School.  Eleven teams made up of twenty-three students competed from Republic County and Pike Valley Junior/Senior High schools. 

Over one hundred people were in attendance for the tradeshow and awards portion. Student business ideas were judged on three items: a three-page executive summary, a four-minute presentation, and a tradeshow booth. The winner of the local competition earns an automatic bid for the State YEC at KSU April 28th, 2020. Other students can apply for a bid to state through a wildcard selection process.

Also on display were art projects by RCHS and PVHS art students who created a piece that featured a Republic County entrepreneur. This was possible thanks to a Network Kansas grant for $250 for supplies to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.

Interactive Videos

This year featured interactive videos activated by scanning a QR code with a smartphone. This allowed the audience to watch the presentations of teams who couldn’t attend due to the RCHS girl’s basketball game. The RCHS and PVHS art projects also featured QR code videos with the artist speaking about the work and the featured entrepreneur.


Shanna Lindberg from Soul Sister Ceramics was the featured local entrepreneur speaker. Lindberg is a Scandia native and Pike Valley alum who returned to the county in 2012.  Shanna’s business offers handmade ceramic jewelry and pottery made from Kansas clay in the boutique as well as hand-selected home decor and Kansas made gifts. Their studio offers walk-in pottery painting and private parties.

Her bachelor’s degree in journalism helped with marketing her business. She noted there are many new business skills she has had to improve and urged students to be open to learning skills such as accounting.

Soul Sister Ceramics began in a garage and offered pop-up painting events in the area. An opportunity to purchase and renovate a former gas station provided their current new location on Main Street in downtown Courtland since July of 2018. Customers come from all over the region from Concordia to Nebraska. They are open Tuesday – Saturday and have an online store www.soulsisterceramics.com.

RCED has been able to help Shanna business planning classes, marketing workshops, and networking with other businesses in the county.


  • AIRE – Cody Gieber, Trevor Martin, Daniel Rieke
  • Grant’s Book Covering Service – Grant Nabity, Nathan Snively
  • Kansas Cattleman – Clayton Carlgren
  • Kansas Crawdads – Katrina Ball, Emma Morris, Tobi Wilber
  • Living Identity – Cassie Strickler
  • Renting Hax’s – Max Filinger, Hunter Hartner
  • Shelton’s Hunting – Morgan Shelton
  • Sports Fuel – Chris Daniels, Cormik Reynolds, Rhiley Stanton
  • Stick With You Stickers – Anneliese Goertzen
  • T & H Sports Counseling – Halle Hartner, Tate Lapo
  • The Wardrobe – Alexis Hansen, Heather Hansen, Claire Jensik


1st Place – $750 

Cassie Strickler – PVHS 

*Automatic qualifier for the State YEC competition at KSU*
Living Identity is an all-natural, ethical, and affordable cosmetic, clothing, and accessory brand. Living Identity is all about embracing your unique appearance and personality. All products are labelled by undertone, face shape, body shape, skin type, and many more characteristics to make choosing the perfect cosmetics, clothing, and accessories for you easier than ever

Follow her on Facebook  –  www.facebook.com/livingidentityco/

2nd Place – $500

Tate Lapo & Halle Hartner – RCHS

The company offers consultations, on-site therapy, and coaching. Our services incorporate the science of physiology in treating a wide range of the athlete’s mental health issues. T&H Sports Counseling’s vision is striving to improve the quality of life for all of our clients by caring for clients who are recovering from injuries, traumatizing events, and enhancing athletic performance

3rd Place – $250

Katrina Ball, Emma Morris,
& Tobi Wilber – RCHS

Kansas Crawdads will provide a source of food and exotic pets. Crawdads are a delicacy in the state of Kansas, and having a crawdad farm would provide easy access to consumers all around. Perfect for parties or get-togethers, crawdads are your classic cajun dish. Located in Belleville, Kansas allows Kansas Crawdads to distribute our crawdads to neighboring states and communities.

4th Place
$50 Chamber Bucks

Alexis Hansen, Heather Hansen,
& Claire Jensik – RCHS

The Wardrobe offers styles for men and women of all ages. With our variety of clothing, everyone can stay up to date with the latest fashion, and won’t have to break the bank to do so. While shopping, our customers can enjoy a refreshing treat from our snack bar.

Best Marketing Award – $150 

Anneliese Goertzen – RCHS

Stick With You Stickers provides a range of bright and fun stickers with custom conceptualized and created by me. Die-cut stickers can be sold individually up to five or will be sold on a sticker sheet. Sticker sheets come with 6-10 stickers relating to a theme.

Cunningham Communications
Best Tech Idea – $100

Cody Gieber, Daniel Rieke,
& Trevor Martin – RCHS

AIRË is a very unique drone photography service. We specialize in Agriculture, Industry, Real Estate, and Entertainment. Our expert pilots and editors will give you the best professional quality drone photography for your business or personal use.

YEC Photos