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Tracks Website Overview
We welcome all PCHS supporters, even Miss Mamerica. A wide range of contestants join recent graduates, honor speakers, and important educators as true "Keepsakes."
PRIMARILY, this site is dedicated to the Tracks Wall-of-Famers and other producers of Tracks, the TV show that started back in 1995, just two and a half years after Polk County High opened its doors for students in Columbus, N.C. Hopefully, it can be a source of some memories, news, and fun for students and teachers, alumni and friends, and even some viewers at large.
Stories and Memories Spanning 21 years
A Few Tracks Highlights
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An archives sampling from 2013 to 1995
This was the opening segment for the first online broadcast of the new website pchstracks.com
. The announcers introduced three segments in turn, giving advocate classes time to watch on the big screen before giving the next intro. The full radioactitve act from the talent show is elsewhere but the inside scoop is here.
Hero day to blue and white; Wolverine Festival to Homecoming Night; all is captured here for Spirit Week!
Two staffers at PCHS spoofed the popular country song in a beautiful setting of the school's farm.
Teachers got the green light to enter the talent show when they left their green tractor behind and donned their disco outfits.
Multi-talented Principal-Soon-To-Be Superintendent Miller spent a few years in the restaurant business in Charleston. That's where he acquired this special shrimp treat.
Football Coach Wilson, 1997: Wilson has always coached softball, but he also gave about a decade to coaching football. Here he's head coach, and he and his players and trainer respond to questions. This is capped off with a playoff victory against East Surry.
Classic How to Date effectively: In the style of the WWII instructional videos comes this set of tips for the guy on proper dating etiquette (filmed and edited at the Academic Recovery Center).
Classic Macarena: Professor Christian Brackmann of Brazil was an AFS student at PCHS. He emailed in 2012 to submit his segment that had run on Tracks in about 1999.
Emu, in Polk County? Why was an emu imported from Australia to Polk County? Consider the practical: they can eat great quanities of grasshoppers or caterpillars or the burrs that tangle livestock fur. Consider the bizarre: they are fast runners, strong swimmers, and have a powerful forward kick. Yet another question is resolved in this segment from 2002.
Talent Shows Unusual Round-up: We've had some very unique talents on show in our school's auditorium. This gives four starting from 1997 to 2008.
The Ring Spoof: This spoof of "The Ring" finds its victim in a collision with a T-square.
In Limbo: The main attraction in this pep rally in about 2007 was Regis Bittle. He was a near-300 pound star linebacker who was quite limber.
Star Wars Spoof: The first in a series, from about 2007, about 30 years after THE original. Its sequel is in the 2003 tab.
Classic T-Shirt Commercial: A Landrum T-shirt proved an invaluable prop for Heber and Jairo on what not to do with the Polk shirt.
Tracks, from the very first 1995 show: This lead-in was varied each time to try catching attention. Andy, Jon, and Shane had video as a passion and channeled it into Tracks.
Final Wall-of-Famers are Toastin'!!
Wall-of-Famers, shown in full episodes throughout the site, are summed up on the tab "Origin & Wall." Inductee Sam Walker and Veteran Mollie Nelson have their incredible dozen previewed.
View from Polk County High's First Fifteen Years
Here Superintendent Miller was principal when jugglers took aim.
1992-94 yearbook segments are on the Keepsakes page.
Prize Winner & Stage Setter from 2012
This video by Mollie Nelson and Sammie Walker was but 44 seconds long but immense in its creativity and skill level and in its impact on the video program at PCHS. The N.C. School Board Association recognized it for its advocacy for public education. The $2,500 helped, too.
A Few More Wall-of-Famers
This was Justin's very first video, a photo interaction assignment he carried to perfection.
Witch Anne is alluded to from Polk County folklore; students kept asking when the full movie was coming out.
Jordan, a super athlete himself, could handily make this spoof of a YouTube video by substituting a calculator for a haircut.
This in 1999 was a spoof that ended a three-part series and began with a flashback.
The Tracks Transition
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Coveritlive is the biggest challenge awaiting, which should allow online live broadcasts from a new website at pchstracks.com
A partial launch occurred on May 16th; announcers used the small TV for introductions to three segments that could be viewed from the pchstracks site in the sequence that introductions were made. May 22nd should focus on just the announcers broadcasting online live and May 23rd with announcing and video.
Origin & Wall
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