Friday, October 25, 2013

News and Announcements: Cedar Ridge Academy International Private Therapeutic Boarding School Students Win 2nd Place at Basketball Tournament

Going for the jump shot!
Basketball, to many people, may just seem like a game. But, to me, basketball is way more than just a game. Basketball has brought so many positive things into my life. At Cedar Ridge Academy International Private Therapeutic Boarding School, I have gained so much therapeutically through basketball. I have learned powerful life lessons, like how to be a leader for my fellow teammates to follow. Being a captain of the basketball team, I have taken on a big responsibility to be a leader of the team both on and off the court. For me personally, I love being in a leadership role, which has benefited me off the court in numerous ways because I am more assertive with my peers. Basketball has had tremendous effects on my academic development since being at Cedar Ridge Academy. On the court, you are taught to work hard and leave the court knowing that you gave 100% of your effort. This goes right along with our work in school. Many people don’t realize and value education, but through hard work in basketball, you begin to develop many good habits that can be applied to studying. I know that for me in school now I always push myself to be getting 100% on my quizzes and tests. Similarly in basketball, I want to always be giving my best effort and pushing myself to new heights.

Use that defense!

One of the aspects of basketball that I significantly enjoy is the family and brotherhood that we gain through being a team. We currently have 8 boys on the team. The vibe of the team is that we are all one loving family. On or off the court we are always motivating each other to be successful; whether this means doing extra school, working hard in therapy, or pushing harder in basketball. In order to play in off-campus tournaments you need to be on trust-level 700. For many, this goal is inevitably hard. I have found that through motivation from my teammates and personal desire to want to play in off-campus tournaments, that I have gained big motivation to work my therapy.

Get that game winning shot!

On October 11th, 6 boys and 2 staff began on the journey down to St. George to play in a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament. Emotions and adrenaline were overflowing as we approached game time. People were getting nervous, but for many it was going to be the stage where all the hours we had put in the gym were going to pay off. My team began by demolishing a local team 21-7. This greatly raised our spirits as we played the other Cedar Ridge team beating them 21-12. We left the court for the day having high spirits and hope of clinching the championship spot tomorrow. The next day, we faced competition and lost both of our games to two very talented teams. We went into the playoff spot as the number 3 seed playing the 2nd place team in a single round elimination. The stakes were high as the winner of the game was advancing to the finals and the losers sent home with nothing. We had lost to this team earlier, so mixed emotions were running through the court as some feelings of doubt were inevitably running through our minds. As the game began, we immediately set the tone of the game by playing very physically and letting the other team know we were here to stay. After 20 minutes of good physical basketball, the game was brought into overtime with each team having 12 points apiece. In overtime, whichever team scored 3 points first was the winner. We started off with the ball and I got an easy hook shot that put us up 1-0. The other team converted by getting an easy layup. My teammate scored the next basket and the tides were in our favor as we were 1 point away from advancing to the finals. The other team was getting antsy and began jacking up wild 3 pointers in a last minute effort to win the game. After 4 or 5 missed shots, we finally got the rebound. With the ball cleared, I got the ball at the corner about 15 feet from the basket. Rising up, I knocked down the game winner that brought us into the finals to play the #1 seed. In the championship game, we still played hard, but ended up losing to a talented team. We ended the tournament in 2nd place and received medals for our accomplishments.

The team that won second place!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rock Climbing at Cedar Ridge Academy Private Therapeutic Boarding School

Rock climbing is one of the most powerful and exhilarating sports known to man. It offers not only a thrilling rush, but also a never-ending mental challenge. To climb you are pushing past fears and doubts and entering an unnatural and beautiful world. Like karate, which is such a big part of the therapy we students participate in here at Cedar Ridge Academy, rock climbing can also positively impact your life.

You can get there!
When you stand at the base of the rock you are about to climb you are facing an enormous puzzle. Each move is executed thoughtfully and gracefully, for the wrong move can send you tumbling down the face of the slope. At that point it is up to the person belaying you to catch your fall, turning simple rock climbing into a dance of trust. It’s a special kind of relationship, between the climber and belayer, constructed purely of the fact that your life is in another person’s hands. You grow closer and gain confidence in yourself and the other person.

The climbing itself is an adventure. Whether you’re leading a climb or just practicing some top roping, it is an adrenaline-charged, emotional journey. Once you are on belay and acknowledge to the belayer that you’re ready to climb, you have committed and it becomes very hard to back down. You dip your hands in your chalk bag to steady yourself and begin the journey. As you work your way up you constantly surprise yourself. You use muscles you never even considered beforehand. It’s pure finger tips and toes. Sometimes you find yourself balancing precariously on your pinky toe, holding on with only your fingernail. The higher and higher you climb the more of a mind trip it becomes. It’s just you and the rock. You fall in love with rough, friction-filled faces; and curse glacier polished, moss-covered expanses. It is fun, scary, and challenging. You must give it all you’ve got. The only other option is to give in and get lowered down.

This student had a great opportunity to rock climb
and spend time with her family.
Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you reach the end of your climb. As you push yourself up on top of the rock, you can feel the energy and the glory racing, building up inside of you. And then it explodes! As you stand there and peer down at the route you just conquered, you are on top of the world! Rock climbing is the ultimate thrill and something that everyone should experience!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cedar Ridge Academy Becomes an International Boarding School

Cedar Ridge Academy Private Therapeutic Boarding School has a reputation of thinking outside the box when offering alternative solutions, in addition to the traditional approaches, to increase a students’ academic performance.  Our most recent accomplishment in this ongoing pursuit was the authorization from the federal government to enroll international students here at Cedar Ridge Academy.

The director and assistant director of institutional research at Duke University recently published their findings pertaining to the benefits of international students on their U.S. classmates.

This longitudinal study revealed the alumni of these notable universities who actively interacted with the international students at their universities had:
·         Enhanced their own self-confidence
·         Develop Leadership Qualities
·         Increased Quantitative Skills
·         Increased Appreciation for Art and Literature
·         Placing Current Problems in Historical Perspective
·         Read or Speak Foreign Languages
·         More Informed about Foreign Cultures and more likely to Reexamine: Political, Religious, Racial or Ethnic Viewpoints

Announcing_the_enrollment_of_international_students_at_Cedar_ridge_academy_therapeutic_boarding_schoolThe intercultural interactions here at Cedar Ridge Academy will provide a supportive environment to balance the students as they are presented with environmental challenges allowing for increased learning and personal development.   This mutually beneficial opportunity will better prepare our students for higher education and careers involving international relations.

Our Admissions Director, Steve Miller, is enthusiastic about working with all families to determine if Cedar Ridge Academy is the right fit and to help them transition into the new International Private Therapeutic Boarding School setting.  

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Student at Cedar Ridge Academy Private Therapeutic Boarding School is Fascinated by Dreams

At Cedar Ridge Academy Private Therapeutic Boarding School, the students spend time learning about psychology and how their own fears fit into their reality.  Often times, the boys and girls on campus choose to go into something psychology related when they go on to college, whether as an international student or an American student.  One of our students explained one of the reasons why she enjoys psychology--dreams.

What do dreams mean? Some say that they are simple nonsense your mind comes up with at night, some say they are based off things you heard throughout the day, and some even say that dreams are your minds way of letting out emotions, thoughts, or fears through the scenes that play during your sleep. What if you could just say that all three ideas were true? That could mean that your mind does those things on different occasions. When it feels the need to let something out, it will; when it hangs onto something that happened during the day it will show it in your sleep; if you have a creative mind, then creative dreams may come up. Or it could mean that all three of those things happen at once. Maybe your mind is letting some emotions out, using a detail from the day to do it, and making a scene of complete nonsense all at once. 

The author experiencing her own dream
Either way, I’m inclined to believe that while dreams may sometimes be crazy, and can even give me a sense of déjà vu, they always mean something. That is why they fascinate me so much. They can bring things up from you conscious, or even unconscious, and turn them into a riddle to solve. What’s even more amazing to me is how quick people are to shrug them off like nothing. Somebody could be having a dream where they are running from an evil figure who is strikingly similar to an abuser from their life. They decide to push it away, and so it keeps coming back. Or it could be a dream with a more positive outcome, but still something you pay no mind to. But what if that dream was trying to show you that you hadn’t worked through your anger or pain from the past? What if it was trying to show you that something could bring you happiness, but you just didn’t realize it yet? My point is, no matter what your assumptions are about sleeping and dreams, there may be something you’re missing out on. Give yourself a chance to explore what goes on in your head and see if there’s anything there--hiding in the shadows of your dreams.

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