Young Entrepreneur Spotlight: Ryan Uckert

August 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm 1 comment

Young Entrepreneur Spotlight: Ryan Uckert

The stunning photographs you see below are by award-winning photographer – and high school sophomore – Ryan Uckert.  What is your passion? Can you win an award for it or build a business around it? Below, we learn more about Ryan and go through some suggested exercises on turning your passion into something more using the EITC free Entrepreneur in the Classroom curriculum.

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Please tell us a little bit about yourself (grades, interests, goals)

I am a sophomore at Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia.  I am a straight-A student. I also play division 1 travel soccer for the Arlington Travel Soccer Association, and high school soccer for Washington Lee High School. I am going into the 10th grade, I enjoy the history classes in school, and I’m interested in business when I get older.

Can you tell us more about the photography contest you won?

The contest was the Arlington County Fair’s photography contest, for the teenage group (ages 13 to 19).

How did you get interested in photography?

I got into photography by starting with a hand-held point and shoot camera, and began to bring it along on all of my vacations and trips. When I became very fond of photography my parents bought me a DSLR [Digital Single-Lens Reflect Camera]. I’ve taken summer photography classes and photography as a class in school. I learned all of my techniques from ideas on the Internet fused with my own thoughts and creativity, along with trial and error.

Congratulations to Ryan for turning his passion for photography into an exercise in leadership and achievement. Read on to learn how you, your students, or the young entrepreneurs in your life can do this as well.

Suggested exercises:

1. Complete the Mind Mapping exercise focused on your area of interest in Module Two of the EITC free Entrepreneur in the Classroom curriculum (Exercise 2-2).

2. In addition to (or instead of) the business ideas resulting from the Mind Mapping exercise, look up awards program and competitions dealing with your passion or area of interest. Pick at least one to apply for or participate in.


Read and discuss the inspiring personal and professional story of Beate Chelette who built a photography business and sold it to Bill Gates. See case study here.


More information

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting the importance of small business and free enterprise to the nation’s youth. More information is available at  The Foundation is associated with the National Federation of Independent Business; NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.

Entrepreneur In The Classroom. The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom (EITC) supplemental curriculum exposes students to entrepreneurship and the necessary steps to take an idea and turn it into a business. The free curriculum can be integrated into classes teaching a variety of subjects including music, art, fashion, business and many more. You must be registered to view the full Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom curriculum.

Related links:

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. player  |  December 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hi mkes really great shots


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