Mike Ruoho-West Ridge Academy

Today West Ridge honored Mike Ruoho who has been with WRA for 27 years.  Thank you for your service and dedication to the youth throughout all these years. Many lives have been touched and impacted by this great man.  We will miss him dearly, and wish him the best as he pursues his new journey.


Shawn Bradley and Family Honored at West Ridge Academy Game

Last night we honored Shawn Bradley and his family at our basketball game.  We unveiled our new refinished court named “Bradley Court” after their family.  For many years now the Bradley’s have been very generous and involved with West Ridge Academy.  Shawn has worked in the school, was the Pres of our Board and has made a difference in many lives. Thanks Bradleys!IMG_2954 IMG_2964 IMG_2979 IMG_2984

West Ridge Academy Debate Team


We went to our first debate tournament ever over the weekend.  It was a different experience for all of the students and a great learning experience for all of us.  It took a bit for them to settle down and to adjust to the way debate works, but they eventually settled down and were able to do well.

At the end of the day, when the dust had settled, we were able to bring home some hardware.  We took 1st place for all 1A schools in the tournaments.  Jake N took 4th place in poetry interpretation AND 5th place in national extemporaneous speaking.  Becca T took 6th place in student congress.  Not bad for their first tournament!  The rest of the students didn’t bring home any trophies, however, they worked hard and did a good job in their individual meets.

All in all it was a good meet for us.  We overcame adversity, learned the systems and, most importantly, had fun.

On a different note, in the future, we will be in need of volunteer judges.  If you know anyone or have the time yourself to go to one of our tournaments with us in order to judge, please let me know.  Tournaments run on volunteer judges.  Schools that don’t bring their share are given a financial penalty.  We were ok this tournament.  But if you or someone you know could come and help us, we’d really appreciate that.  The ballots are idiot proof so if you are worried that you don’t know the first thing about debate, don’t worry about it.


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Change to the Girl’s Basketball Schedule

The game on Nov 24th will now be played at Providence Hall due some issues with our gym floor.


WRA Halloween Assembly

Our student council planned a Halloween assembly with a competition relay race. Each team competed against each other. They raced using a broom, then wrapped someone as a mummy using toilet paper, bobbed for apples, tried to find some reeces pieces in a bowl of whip cream without using their hands. There were awards for the best hairdo and makeup. IMG_2692 IMG_2696 IMG_2699 IMG_2705 IMG_2710 IMG_2755

West Ridge Academy Devotional Speaker Nov 9th -Jeff Murdock

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Jeff Murdock-

MA in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute, California. BA in Psychology from Brigham Young University, Utah. . Previously, worked with West Ridge as a live-in counselor, home parent, school teacher, campus administrator, weekends and assistant clinical director. He and his wife have had 17 foster children. Currently serving West Ridge Academy as Director of Training and a full-time Therapist. Current host of WRA Hope and Healing Podcast. Credentials include Crisis Prevention and Intervention Instructor, NOJOS (Network on Juveniles Offending Sexually). Additional background in Reactive Attachment Disorder,DBT, Addictions, Family Systems and Survivors of Abuse. With Utah Boys Ranch/ West Ridge Academy since 1987. He also enjoys performing in plays, his latest roles have been The Pharoah in Joseph of Egypt, Daddy Warbucks in Annie and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.  He’s a talented musician and loves composing music.  He will be performing some of his songs at the devotional.

Honoring Tenured Employees at West Ridge Academy

Recently we honored all of tenured employees who have dedicated themselves to WRA for 10 years or more. Each one was presented with a gift of appreciation for their service and dedication throughout the years.

Jim McMaster-1987               Mike Ruoho-1987                   Eric Allred-1989                  Jeff Murdock-1992

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Sandra Hirschi-1992                Lisa Moeller 1992                 Paul Keene-1992                John Stohlton-1992

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Jay Honey-1998                       Wendy Ballard-2000          Amy Whittaker 2001           John Ogden-2002

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Luis Alvarado -2003                Lynn Smith-2004

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West Ridge Academy Baseball Team

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Our baseball team plays this Friday at home against Tintic. Games are at 2:00 & 4:00.  Come and cheer the Eagles on!

Devotional Speaker 9/14-Daniel Paul Burton

Daniel has an inspiring story about never giving up.  We encourage families to attend the devotional with their child as long as the minimums have been met.


Daniel Paul Burton (born in 1963) is an American bicycle enthusiast from Eagle Mountain UT and the first person to complete an expedition from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole by bicycle. Daniel started his expedition, The South Pole Epic on December 2, 2013 at Hercules Inlet and arrived at the South Pole on January 21, 2014.


Burton was a computer programmer by trade. Twenty-three years into his career and out of shape in his 40s, Burton went to get his blood checked. His cholesterol numbers were terrible, his blood pressure was high and he was a bit overweight.He started to mountain bike and in 2008 established a bike shop in Saratoga Springs called Epic Biking.He finished the LOTOJA Classic six times and then wanted to do more. He decided to set out on his Antarctic ride to inspire people and to encourage donations to the American Diabetes Association.  He also wanted to ride in honor of his mother, whose high cholesterol contributed to her death on November 30, 2012.

The South Pole Epic

Burton started riding fat bikes, which are fortified bikes with wide tires that are intended for sand, ice and snow. He became interested in Eric Larsen’s attempt to travel to the bottom of the world in 2012. Larsen made it a quarter of the way before turning around.  Training for a year, Burton set off on his South Pole Epic expedition December 2, 2013. He started at Hercules Inlet and rode 775 miles until he reached the Geographic South Pole.

West Ridge Academy Campus Clean Up

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Weds morning was a campus cleanup day.  The staff and kids worked together on this project picking up trash around the outside, cleaning windows, and cleaning the schools.  Afterwards we had a delicious lunch of barbequed steak and potatoes with the works. Some of the values that we hope our students will gain while they are here is that of giving service and taking pride in their surroundings.