NetWork Kansas Recognizes Outstanding Teachers

News Release
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2021

Amara Kniep
[email protected]

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NetWork Kansas Recognizes Outstanding Teachers

Honoring educators who are dedicated to help students excel in youth entrepreneurship.


Wichita, Kansas, — NetWork Kansas’ Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership announces outstanding teachers who have been involved in the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series since the beginning of the program and/or made outstanding efforts to engage students in youth entrepreneurship. The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series consists of local events in Kansas cities and counties that culminate in a state championship. In 2020, 793 students from more than forty-five Kansas communities participated in the YEC series. Today we recognize 5 teachers for their direct efforts with this competition.

Silas Hibbs, Hays High School

Nathan Hiebert, Hillsboro Middle/High School

Brandi Jones, Colby Middle School

Erin Manning, Norton Junior High School

Chase Topliff, Goodland Junior/Senior High School

“The YEC series is made possible by the elite teacher champions we have all across Kansas,” Sarah LaRosh, Manager of Rural Entrepreneurship of NetWork Kansas, said. “It is my utmost honor to work with some of these educators. Their dedication to excellence will live on through the students and will be realized in the many entrepreneurial endeavors these students will achieve.”

NetWork Kansas recognizes there are many more amazing educators across the state that deserve recognition. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work teaching students how to grow their local communities through entrepreneurship. Inspiring youth to see the world from a different perspective, strengthens global impact on the next generation of leaders.

Again, we congratulate those teachers recognized for their support of the YEC series from its infancy to now and we look forward to the ideas and projects created as students and teachers gear up for the culmination of the 8th annual season, this spring.


For more information, contact Amara Kniep, Manager of E-Community Programs, at [email protected].

For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit




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