2017 Smokey and the Eagles Team Announced

Release Date: May 16, 2017  

Contact(s): David Duncan, 541-822-7290


(McKenzie Bridge, OR) Smokey and the Eagles have teamed up again this year to spread a fire prevention message. As you travel around the McKenzie Bridge community, keep an eye out for the new posters with Smokey Bear and two local high school students. This is a joint effort between the McKenzie River Ranger District employees and the staff at McKenzie High School. These posters are part of the McKenzie River Ranger District’s “Smokey and the Eagles” program that rewards outstanding student athletes and highlights the importance of fire prevention practices. Each year, two students who demonstrate a high level of community and athletic involvement, as well as hold a high grade point average, are selected to appear in the posters.

A contest is held within the fourth grade students to come up with the slogan for the poster. The winner of the contest will receive a “Smokey and the Eagles” poster. This year the fourth grader Noah Thorndyke came up with the slogan “Take care of the forest by leaving it green and clean.” 

This year the two McKenzie high students selected were Matt Brownlee and Miyanna Hayes.

Matt kept stats for the football team, played four years of basketball, and two years of baseball. Matt was a captain for basketball. In the classroom, Matt holds a GPA of 4.02. He has been attending classes at Lane Community College for the past couple of years. 

Miyanna played four years of volleyball and basketball, and three years of track. She was a team captain for multiple years in volleyball and basketball. She was Player of the Year in volleyball this season, Third Team All State, and in basketball, she was First Team All-League. Miyanna has a 3.43 GPA.

Both of the students have assisted with youth activities and volunteered with their community. Now they will be seen around town with this year’s slogan: “Take care of the forest by leaving it green and clean.” 

The posters will be distributed to students of the McKenzie School District as well as local businesses within the district. For more information about Fire Prevention on the McKenzie River Ranger District, contact David Duncan at 541-822-7290 during normal business hours.