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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Miller Award Movie

The purpose of the Miller Award for Excellence is sponsored by the Miller group and is to help students set specific goals, promote desired behaviors and obtain corresponding rewards. The student’s progress and achievement will determine reward eligibility through a treatment team review.  They will get different rewards according to what phase they are in. For those completing phase 1 we took them to see “Big Hero 6” along with popcorn, drinks and candy.

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West Ridge Academy Devotional Speaker 12/14-Ty Foster

Ty Foster is an authority on motivation and inspiring others. Ty’s father was killed while serving in the United States Navy when he was five years of age. He had to grow up in an impossible situation. Surrounded by gangs and violence, he became successful despite the odds. It is this that has fueled his passion for inspiring change and human achievement. He is a loving husband, speaker, entrepreneur and father.

Since then, he has created a successful health and wellness company, and his keynote speeches have empowered thousands of people across the nation to live their dreams.

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