Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Supports Neurofeedback Therapy

Debbie Mounteer, Customer and Community Manager, presents a check for $2500 to Gary Leavitt, WRA Executive Director and Jeff Horton, Neurofeedback Program Director. More than 100 people will be helped with neurofeedback therapy this year.


We appreciate the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation’s long time support for our varying needs, from culinary water improvement to the ropes course and many therapeutic programs.

West Ridge Academy Debate Team Results

A special thanks to all of those that have supported our team this year.  It has been a constant battle for us with plenty of difficulties and challenges, but we worked hard and have grown a lot.


(Some of the girls on the team along with Mr Porter)

We took only 5 people to state with us to compete.  We were one of the smallest teams down there.  To make things even more fun, the other schools told their judges to use a different paradigm for grading than anything we were used to.  Despite these challenges, we managed to survive.  We took 5th place in state out of 12 schools and had Kara, Sara P., and Becca place 3rd, 4th, and 6th in Congress, respectively. Also this year we finished 1st in our region!

Our team worked very hard and gave it their all in this tournament and I couldn’t be prouder of them.  Make sure you congratulate them in the hall when you see them.  It was a great experience, especially for the inaugural year of a team.  We set the bar really high this year.  It will be interesting to see what next year brings.

Steve Porter

Article in the West Jordan Journal About WRA Basketball Team

1A All Staters- Congratulations Trint Jacobson Third Team

Trint Jacobson, West Ridge Academy

1A Third Team

Sr., 5-10, Guard

2014-2015 statistics

23.5 point per game

4.9 rebounds per game

1.5 steals per game

Season high

41 points vs. USDB on Dec. 12

Opposing coach scouting report

“Trint is a tenacious player. He is a natural scorer who can handle the ball. His ability to create space and shots for himself is impressive. Trint attacks the game of basketball and is a great all-around ball player.”

West Ridge Academy Basketball Updates

Both the boys and girls honored the seniors at their last home games.


Girls State Game-

Well, it was a lot of fun coming down and playing on the big college court in Richfield but we could not keep up with Altamont last night. We were only down 9-4 after the first quarter.   For whatever reason, the girls kept asking if we were at a higher altitude because they were sucking air pretty early on.  We struggled the 2nd and 3rd quarters, even though we scored 9 points in the 3rd which is good for us.  We tied them the 4th quarter but too little too late, losing by a score of 50-24.  Everyone got to play a couple of minutes in the big game, and Kara and Brittany each made a 3-pointer!  As always the girls worked hard and although very tired being run around by these big farm girls, we never, ever gave up.  Thank you to everyone for your continued support and encouragement all season long!  It had been my pleasure coaching your young women this season, and it has been my best, most rewarding season as a head coach so far.  I appreciate the heart and fight in these ladies and hope that I have contributed in some way in their self-esteem and their confidence to help them live their live with the heart and fight they have shown me on the court every night.  It was great to see everything come together at the end of the season and for them to taste some success and have reasons to celebrate, together as a team. Thanks! Coach Gardner

Boys Update-

Our boys team has their last game tomorrow night.  This game will seat us in the region tourney next week.  We won’t know who we play until the games are finished, but we have qualified to play in the tourney regardless if we win or lose tomorrow’s game. We’re hoping to secure a spot for the state tourney in a couple of weeks.

Activities During the Christmas Break

During the Christmas break most of our students were able to go on a home visit, those that stayed behind had several activities to keep them busy.  Some of them included Minute to Win it Games, crafts, projects, going to movies, bowling, ginger bread houses and sporting activities. We returned to school last Monday to our “regular” routine.

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West Ridge Academy Devotional Speaker-Steven Allison Jan 11th

Steven J. Allison – Biographical Information

Steven J. Allison attended San Diego State University where he graduated with a degree in Speech Communication. He married Penny Gorin who he’d known since Kindergarten. She also graduated from SDSU. After graduation they moved with their two sons to West Jordan, Utah to teach.  Steve taught Seminary for 20 years, including 6 years at West Ridge Academy. Penny taught Math at West Ridge. During that time they had numerous weekend home visits with West Ridge students. They also had 22 boys live with them as foster sons on day program, five of them for an extended time.

Steve had completed Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Education from BYU and then transferred to the Institute of Religion, SLCC South City Campus, where he served as the director for 10 years. He then transferred to the Institute of Religion at the University of Utah where he retired from the Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Since then Steve started his own business in Instructional Design creating training materials for dōTerra, Toyota, Exxon Mobil, and others. He has also written curriculum for several universities. He teaches college classes at SLCC, Argosy University and Neumont University. He writes fiction and hopes to publish a novel soon. Penny and he enjoy riding their Polaris ATV’s all over the Utah mountains and deserts. They are the parents of 8 children and 12-14 grandchildren.

West Ridge Academy Christmas Party

We had a wonderful staff/student Christmas party.  We ate a great luncheon from “Famous Daves Barbeque” and then entertainment by the girls, who sang some Christmas songs. Santa made his appearance and brought treats for all of the kids.

Our holiday break starts on Monday Dec 22nd- Jan 5th.   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Gametime is Changed for Tomorrow Nights Game

The boys basketball game tomorrow night (Dec 19th)will played at 6:00, there will just be one game because West Desert does not have a JV team.

Police Dog Training on West Ridge Academy Campus

A couple of times a year the Utah State troopers come here to use our campus to train their K9 dogs.  We had a group of officers here training their dogs in our homes, the gym, and outside on the campus grounds.  So if you saw lots of cop cars that is why.

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