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Tracks Website Overview
Newest Postings: The Movie on the Meadows release of Hunger Games is sampled on the left; the preview of the sequel is a music video on the right.
Welcome to these chronicles of Polk County High School. These began four years after the first webpage (1991), three years before Google (1998), and a decade before Facebook (2004) and Youtube (2005). Primarily, this site is dedicated to Tracks Wall-of-Famers and other producers of Tracks, the TV show starting two and a half years after PCHS opened its doors in '92 for students in Columbus, N.C.
In addition, there will be cinematic celebratory updates: The Last of the Mohicans and Chimney Rock; Dirty Dancing and Lake Lure; Hunger Games and Dupont Forest. Movie on the Meadows commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Mohicans movie in 2012 (with a replay in June 2013) and then had Hunger Games in September 2013. Dirty Dancing had a fourth summer celebration in a row in 2013 at Lake Lure; its fifth should be featured here.
Chimney Rock: an incredible outdoor theatre!
Mohicans & Hunger: Movie on the Meadows
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mohicans and Mockingjays
The location scout that located the North Carolina sites for both the Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans talks in June 2012 about each but mostly the latter.
Here's the essence of Hunger Games for a review prior to reading or viewing Catching Fire.
Love & devotion; danger & suspense; overcoming great odds; beautiful Western NC locations; stirring music: all are here in a movie remix.
View from Polk County High's First 15 Years
Here Superintendent Miller was principal when jugglers took aim.
1992-94 yearbook segments are on the Keepsakes page.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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
A 11-30-13 posting was on the 2003 tab at the bottom ARC section and deals with a 2006 clay animation by an AFS student for a senior project. The old DVD was come across and deemed worth sharing.
Feedback is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org . Online live broadcasting from a new website at pchstracks.com with an announcers link from Ustream is now possible. The pchstracks channel on Youtube has just a dozen segments.
The 2013-14 school year could have announcers and online video linked together. This means a full screen projection instead of a little 19 inch TV, an innovation made possible through the tech advisors at Stearns.
As of September 2013, the videos of the Coss era were capped at about 300. Any videos under the new Jacque Brown-Williams leadership that are put on Tracks can be uploaded on the Update tab. Notice will be posted above when these become available.
For certain, exciting things will be happening at PCHS; hopefully, some can continue to be chronicled here.
Origin & Wall
Fall '13 Update
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