Wyatt Johnson, a junior at Payson High in Utah is the reigning state bareback champion.
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Wyatt was featured in the pages of SI as April's High School Athlete of the Month.
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Sports Illustrated traveled to Spanish Fork Fairgrounds in Spanish Fork, Utah, to honor Wyatt before the South Utah County High School Rodeo, sponsored by his high school team.
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Four-time bareback world champion Kaycee Feild shared his six steps for success to Wyatt in presenting his official award.
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Sports Illustrated reporter Ali Fenwick and Staff Sgt. Wesley Johnson join four-time bareback world champion Kaycee Feild (far right) in honoring Wyatt Johnson (center), the Sports Illustrated High School Athlete of the Month for April.
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Wyatt poses with (from left), his grandfather Doug Hopes, rodeo star Kaycee Feild, stepdad Boedee Hopes and mother PattiJo Hopes.
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Kaycee Feild and Staff Sgt. Wesley Johnson of the U.S. Marine Corps share a laugh.
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Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association bareback rider Kaycee Feild and SI High School Athlete of the Month Wyatt Johnson bond over their respective injuries. Feild had hip surgery three weeks ago and Wyatt was recovering from a deep bruise suffered last Sunday when a bucking horse fell on him.
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High school rodeo athletes take off their cowboy hats for the national anthem at the South Utah County High School Rodeo at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.
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Members of the South Utah High School Rodeo team stretch out before the rough-stock events start.
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High school rodeo athletes and spectators snapped up free foam fingers, pom-poms and copies of Sports Illustrated at the event.
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A father flips through an issue of Sports Illustrated with a young rodeo fan.
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The U.S. Marine Corps held a pull-up bar challenge that attracted people of all ages.
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Some competitors opted to do a timed hang from the Marines' pull-up bar.
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Some rodeo fans pose for SI’s cover shoot photo booth.
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Athletes competing in the rodeo took a break from the action to pose for their own SI cover.
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The calf roping competition gets underway at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds in Spanish Fork, Utah.
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