Diamond Ranch Academy

Monday, May 31, 2010

Backyard BBQ

we had a surprise bbq on friday!

the cooks decided to spoil us, and friday felt like a holiday!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ironman Triathlete Visits DRA

What is Ironman?

A triathlon event that consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run.    Athletes that compete in these events put in significant hours of training and must complete the event by midnight (the day of the race), to be considered an official finisher.


May 1st, 2010 marked the first time an Ironman Triathlon event has ever been hosted in St. George, Utah.   After two years of preparations, and close to 4,000 local volunteers, approximately  2,000 male and female athletes from around the world, began the event by swimming a 2.4 mile distance in the cool waters of Sand Hollow Reservoir.


On May 11th, Eric Sullivan, the fastest amateur triathlete, came and spoke to the students at Diamond Ranch.  He came in 15th overall with a total time of 9:35:19.  He spent 30-35 hours a week training.  When asked how St. George compared with the other locations hosting Ironman competitions, he said this was by far the hardest course!!  And he had some great advice for the students:

  • You have to be stubborn, never give up, and stay focused on your goals

  • Be grateful for what you have and never forget that it could always be worse

  • Plan ahead but don't get overwhelmed by the big picture.  Take large challenges one day at a time.

  • Mental Strength is just as important as physical strength.

  • Overcoming challenges becomes easier when you know you have teammates who are counting on you AND you know that they are there for you.

Thank you to Eric for coming and motivating our students.  Excellent job on your triathalon!!

Monday, May 24, 2010


we finally finished another trash can!
the theme was spring!
take a look at the fancy art!
by request of the softball coaches, the girls also painted the ball bucket!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

b-day movie

for the birthday girls we went to see,
"how to train your dragon"
in 3D, it was way fun!

the challenge: keep a straight face with 3D glasses.
LaRisa struggled with smiling, but pulled it off!

gLaM sHoTs!


Friday, May 14, 2010

DRA Field Day

field day rocked!!
sammy tore up the competition; she even beat almost all the boys!

hannah didn't take the rootbeer challenge too seriously!
taylor won the cupcake eating contest!
cs girls dominated in the tug-o-war!
nice work! and a big thanks to betsy and robbie for making it happen!