Wyatt Sheets, a senior at Stillwell High School in Oklahoma, is a three-time state champion in wrestling. He’s currently trying for a fourth title, while keeping up with his other activities. He was recently profiled as part of the Cherokee Nation’s Young & Cherokee series.
He hunts, is handy with a bow and arrow, reads stories to elementary students, is learning about his Cherokee heritage from his grandfather, spends time with his little brother, and completes chores like caring for the family livestock.
“I’d like to see all the kids that are Indian that come out of high school go on to get a degree,” Sheets says in the video.
His heritage is important to him. “It’s good to be around it, and know where you come from,” he says in the video. He’s looking forward to being able to vote, and says “I have a long way to go before I can give back to my tribe.”
Sheets has signed a letter of intent to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall where he wants to study agricultural business.
“He’s got the kind of work ethic and the kind of attitude… he’s going to be very successful,” says Ramona Ketcher, Stillwell High School principal.