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XOXO Gossip Girl

XOXO Gossip Girl

February 15, 2024

“You know you love me , Xoxo, GossipGirl” is a famous quote from the 2007 show Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl revolves around gossip, rumors, and scandals of wealthy teens in NYC, but instead of their drama...

Be Wiser with Kaiser

Be Wiser with Kaiser

Jonathan Kaiser, Staff Reporter February 14, 2024

Be Wiser with Kaiser - Episode 1 Be Wiser with Kaiser - Episode 2 Be Wiser with Kaiser - Episode 3

UMAs True Meaning of Christmas

UMA’s True Meaning of Christmas

Makayla Murdock, Reporter January 8, 2024

Since winter of 2019, the SBO’s have decorated for Christmas in memory of Jaime Navarro.  The idea for this tradition is unique and makes each year special and fun. Even though some cadets don't know...

Zachery Sharkey: Deployed But Not Forgotten

Zachery Sharkey: Deployed But Not Forgotten

Jonathan Kaiser, Staff Reporter January 6, 2024

Sergeant Zachary Robert Sharkey, who was one of the original students at this school, has been with UMA for 9 ½ years. Throughout his time in JROTC, his work in positions as a janitor and working as a...

The IXL Queen

The IXL Queen

Amaya Brown, Reporter January 6, 2024

Mrs. Chantel Krueger is known for a lot of things, from being the junior high math teacher to being the mother of one of our other staff members, Mr. Mason Wiegmann. Either way, if there's anything to...

New Staff Spotlight: Mr. Joel Wendel

New Staff Spotlight: Mr. Joel Wendel

December 8, 2023

Joel Wendel I grew up in Bountiful Utah.  Graduated from Bountiful HIgh.  Go BRAVES!!!      I am married.  My wife's name is Annette.  We have three children.  Alex, who is 28  and married. ...

New Staff Member: Mrs. Lanetta Lewis

New Staff Member: Mrs. Lanetta Lewis

December 8, 2023

Full Name: Lanetta Lewis Where are you from? What do you mean by from? I was born in Stuttgart, Germany because my Dad was stationed there. At age 8 my Dad retired from the Air Force and we settled...

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Rob Gabriele

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Rob Gabriele

December 6, 2023

Where from: Brooklyn, NY   Family: My biological family is not great. I talk only to my biological brother in Raleigh, NC and my last living grandmother. My birth parents had me in...

Can IXL truly help?

Can IXL truly help?

Amaya Brown, Reporter December 6, 2023

At Utah Military Academy, the school uses a special computer program called IXL. Before discussion about how this website affects the school's state testing scores, it is important to give a short introduction...

Welcome Home Mallorie Andersen and Douglas McFarland

Welcome Home Mallorie Andersen and Douglas McFarland

Makayla Murdock, Reporter December 5, 2023

Last spring, Utah Military Academy proudly recognized two juniors who made a commitment to their country by enlisting in the Army National Guard. Cadets Mallorie Andersen and Douglas McFarland went to...

2-Week School Break, 3 Years Later

2-Week School Break, 3 Years Later

Patti McCall, Reporter December 4, 2023

2020 was the start of a brand new decade, People had high hopes for it, and they were making plans for renewing themselves. Unfortunately, on the fateful day at the beginning of the year, they knew their...

The Little Heroes For the Big Cause

The Little Heroes For the Big Cause

Patti McCall, Reporter December 4, 2023

Savannah Venditti is the new CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at Utah Military Academy. A CNA is no different than a nurse; she helps with headaches, nausea/vomiting, PE-related injuries, and more. Venditti...

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