20 Reasons Why

An unparalleled education.


Largest AFJROTC Program in Western US

One of only 10% units nationwide to earn Distinguished Unit with Merit 2020. Member of the prestigious Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). One of only three public charters with that honor.


Extensive Extracurricular Program

Amazing after school opportunities and leadership development for each cadet to include ping pong, strategic gaming, drama, video game development, weight training, honor guard, and MMA, Ham Radio, Learn to Bake, and one of the top Chess teams in the state, including the 2019 State Champion, (last time the competition was held).


Over 20 Computer Business & Computer Tech Courses

More than 20 Computer Business and Computer Tech courses, including 2 CE Computer Tech classes and an AP class, designed, where offered, to result in national certifications. Most courses available on self-paced, flexible schedule. Have several IT related internship opportunities for upperclassmen. 8-time state champion CyberPatriot Team (national high school and junior high school cyber security championship), top 20 nationally. Have had 12 cadets, pre covid, do IT related internships at Hill AFB. Selected by the Air Force as a Beta school for the new Cyber for All Program. Cadets selected for a special Air Force Sumer Cyber training at Mississippi State Univ!


Aircraft Structural Repair Classes

Aircraft structural repair classes at the HAFB Museum. Cadets work on historic airplanes at the museum. Part of the Utah Aerospace Pathway Program and for working toward FAA certification and an avenue into the expansive aviation maintenance career field.


Ritchie Science Fair

Numerous Ritchie Science Fair Award Winners.


National Recognition by Freedoms Foundation

In, 2018 5 cadets nationally recognition by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for national essay competition.


Drill Team / Ranger Wildcat Challenge Champions

JROTC - 8-time State Championship Military Drill Team; 5-time Ranger Wildcat Challenge Champions, very physically challenging. 2121 runner up in the national JROTC fitness challenge. Opportunities to travel to competitions out of state.


Highly-Recognized Music Program

Choir, band, jazz band, orchestra, with the development of a traveling USO show. UHSAA State performance qualifiers. 2017 Choir won competition, sang with the band Foreigner, sang again 2018. 2018 region music champions. Groups attended US Air Force Academy music symposium. Two cadets have earned music scholarships to area universities.


State Legislative Internship program

The only high school-level State Legislative Internship program in Utah. Cadets have served as intern for Attorney General, and the Governor.


Aviation ground school class towards a private pilot's license

Aviation ground school class towards a private pilot's license that includes a high level flight simulator. Ability to earn pilot’s license before graduation and we help pay for it. Two cadets have been selected for the EAA Oshkosh Aviation scholarship. In the past 3 years, 8 cadets have earned full flight scholarships to national flight centers thru AFJROTC. Over 500 cadets have had the opportunity to fly since opening.


Exciting Speakers

Exciting speakers like Emmy Award winner Stan Ellsworth (American Ride); Former Space Shuttle Flight Director Ron Dittemore; Shuttle Commander Charlie Precourt; S. Korean Consul; Mr Greg Miller, Larry Miller Family; Congressmen; General Officers; WW2 Veterans.


Earn over 40 college credits

Cadets have been able to earn over 40 college credits. Expanding engineering program, and electric car competitions, CAD Certification, Criminal Justice, just to name a few of the top end classes: Adding more AP and college classes to include live classes with Snow College or attending early college at WSU, along with cadets participating in advanced tech programs at the local ATCs.


Numerous Athletic & Activity Competitions

2015 and 2021 USSA state champion X-country team, 2017 USSA Boys Soccer Bronze medal. One of the few places where boys can compete in volleyball. Many sports are in UHSAA with us in 2A. Speech and Debate team produced top finishers in various competitions. 2017 / 2020 / 2021 / 2022 Region Champs! 2018, 2019, 2022 3rd in state, 2021 2nd in State. In athletics UMA had 6 Academic All-State selectees. One of our female cadets earned a college basketball scholarship. One female wrestler on the Utah National Wrestling team.


Non-Traditional Sports

4-time State Champion Air rifle team, one of the top teams in the nation, with the largest range in the state; 2017 Northern Utah High School Bowling Champions; Top 3 Archery state finisher last 3 years, with several individual top finishers in local, state and regional competition. Fencing cadet who was All American in two disciplines and Academic All American.


Over $8 million in scholarships in 7 years

2016 class included a national merit scholar. In 7, years 23 cadets have received Academy nominations. 2016-2021 - 15 cadets received military academy appointments, one cadet in 2019 turned down the AFA for a full AFROTC Scholarship to Cornell. Class of 2020 cadet selected to attend Columbia; Over 100 Alumni have chosen to enlist in the service. Annually cadets selected for the SAME Engineering Camp, the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge leadership conference, the AMVET Youth Leadership Conf. 2015 / 2018 / 2019 Sons of the American Revolution National Cadet of the Year, (2017 / 2020 / 2021 cadets placed 3rd). 2022 cadet is a national Presidential scholar finalist. Last two years we have had cadets earn USU Presidential Scholarships.


Commitment to Service

Cadets annually perform over 5000 service hours, including involvement in major community cleanup after tornado hit the area in October 2016, and school holds two annual days of service in April to support the community. 2021 recipient of the MCEC Pete Taylor award for partnership with Hill AFB and the Hill AFB Museum.


Partner with the Civil Air Patrol & Naval Sea Cadets

Partner with the Civil Air Patrol, Naval Sea Cadets and a number of other activities as a function of our school. CAP cadets have participated in a number of national training programs including search and rescue and flight programs.


College memorandums with Norwich University & Georgia Military College

College memorandums with Norwich University and Georgia Military College, and relationships with other colleges and universities.


Field Trips

Numerous field trips to witness various military training and career awareness opportunities.


Children mature and turn into leaders

Common comment we hear from parents is how much their children have matured and are turning into leaders.

Cadets are in a structured environment and have the opportunity for robust academic and extra-curricular instruction that develops their academics, character and ultimately leadership. These are key ingredients to a successful life.

We focus not on just graduation but also building tomorrow’s leaders today and helping them graduate with a future!

Ltc Orris, Superintendent