Tracks Tradition - 2003-06
Austin Kempton and Chris Weitzen each put their unique stamp on this era; teamwork made quality in the weekly broadcasts possible.
The contribution made for a little TV show then is what is still transferrable today, still of relevance on the worldwide web. A little slice of life or a creative spark from that time can still have value for a far wider, more modern audience.
2003 Track by Sierk David Sierk was a Tracks Wall of Famer that took his only class of digital media his last semester and never had a case of senioritis.
Chess in 2005: Aaron Shell was a math teacher that served as director for this segment. He was assisting a special student who served as cameraman and editor.
Dancing Circa 2005 Dancing just seems to spill over from the stage into the hallways. Dance styles change, as can be seen in the 2010 dance update, but people at Polk continually have reason to rock.
The Ring Movie Preview, 2007 This spoof of the movie ends up at the video production room and on the wrong end of a T-square, which normally is used to just turn on the wall-mounted TV.
Lady's Varsity B-ball, 2007 This probes with interviews the motivations of basketball fans and players.
What is the motivation to get ISS? One answer is given in this take-off on the Priceless commercial.
2005 mini-movie of Gossip This five minute movie is easily the longest feature in nearly 20 years. It was shot in three parts to show three perspectives of an event blown out of proportion in the rumor mill.
Prom King and Queen 2003#2 Many proms since 2000 were video-taped and supplemented with photos in greater detail; female audiences said they wanted to see all the pretty dresses.
Koolaid: This takes the script and VO of Dane Cook and the edit and art of Tyler to make for an interesting children's drink.
2003 Construction: The dining hall extension and the art wing were major additions talked about by the construction manager.
2003 lead-in2 Lead-ins were done on and off since 1995. The country music lead-ins from 2008 were the last attempted successfully.
All Choked Up: This has conversation and music and a flashback that shows well a student's nervousness in asking a girl out.
Miller and Powell Spoof: This announcers, with help from adviser Mrs. White, concocted this live spoof during advocate period for all to see and hear of the two top administrators at the school.
Mr. Roger's Tribute, 2003: Children's TV personality Mr. Rogers had just passed away.
Principal becomes Superintendent Miller, 2003: David Sierk got two major interviews to show this transition of Power and Promise.
(Fake) Smear Campaign against Will Leonard: In fun, students make this edit that misaligns comments by the student body president.
Winter Formal January 2004 Winter Formals were always a good fundraiser and a chance for freshmen to mingle with upperclassmen.
2003-04: Highlights include cheering, the band, Jim Ollis and others in drag, and the prom.
Jealousy in 2003: What happens when a wrestling dummy dares to outbowl student body president Benton?
Titanic Spoof with Duct Tape In Photoshop this short work took hundreds of shots; unlike the Titanic story, it has a happy ending.
Sci.-Olymp. Student of Wk & School Smarts The School Smarts was initiated by two students to fill in for the weeks when no student or group was officially recognized.
Prom 2004 Charles Feagan preceded his sister Anna in being crowned at the Prom. Ms. Mason, who was crowned as Mrs. Freeman, deserves the credit for these photos.
This is the very same prom but through video and photos of Mr. Coss. Future Tracks of proms and some winter formals normally combined Coss's video with photos from Mrs. Ledford.
More from Tracks
AFS 2003: This has a decidedly Asian flavor, originating from Thailand and Japan.
Green Screen, 2005: Unfortunately, few announcers are also producers. Brady excelled at both and did this review on technology.
Coach Mintz goes Geico, 2004 Geico is updated in a Fall 2012 spoof on the senior project; here two students are hopeful of avoiding consequences only to receive a police escort.
Student Body Presidents, 2004 cheer One candidate had supporters give a cheer after her speech.
Student Body Presidents, 2004 Adam This candidate gave a rousing speech unlike any students had heard before. He was awarded a winning vote.
2003 Into the Woods Commercial The director of this segment was an aspiring filmmaker whose works ran the gamut from humor to deep melancholy. This piece captured well a play's cast, and it lives on far past the closing curtain.
Mr. Barber Announces Farm Plans, 2004 This has the talent show announcement that Barber made to kick off the fundraising. Some of the farm's benefits are shown as cutaways as he dreams of the future.
Insta- Pass Commercial This touts an invention that students would like to make use of.
2003 Mulit-purpose Umbrella
2003 Dent Remover Commercial Benton, the student body president, got student approval to make his demonstrations of his product's effectiveness.
Mr. Preston, Senior English Glimpse Preston was the English Department Chair for nearly two decades and refined the senior project program from its origins in our state.
Classic Stills of Books and Notes Two stories are told here with photos and music. At the start a bully and a two-timer get a make-over.
Homecoming 2006, Assembly Homecoming this year was an elaborate Cinderella story, with attendants introduced at an assembly.
Homecoming 2006, Parade It had been a tradition for the attendants way back at Polk Central to be showcased in the downtown Columbus parade.
Homecoming 2006, Halftime All these proceedings were not shown in their entirety on Tracks but on a DVD. Two years later DVD's of the full four year high school experience were sold at (and to include) the graduation's crowning.
PCHS Cadets Color Guard Precision was not just a hallmark of the band's musicians on the field, as the member of the color guard makes known.
Mulching to Make a Farm Here's an ode to the mulcher and all the other heavy equipment helping bring the farm to life.
2005 Art Wing with no TV Plans for the new wing were to supply wiring so that all these classrooms could also partake in the Tracks TV show. But even in 2013 not all could see TV.
Chef Miller, Crab & Shrimp treat from Charleston Mr. Miller's business acumen included a partnership in a Charleston restaurant where he practiced with recipes like this shrimp dish.
2003 All District Band Four band members give interviews and a sampling of music from their audition.
ARC Bird Animation: Jonas was an AFS student that left his mark on a white board at the ARC. Duck Hunting will never be the same.
This was Jonas's senior project using clay animation.
Dramatic Cellar Scene at ARC There was only one day's period that the cellar at the ARC was opened before being sealed off permanently to avoid a safety hazard. So, the Tracks crew acted quickly to produce a script and the acting (with accents no less) to give a morality tale.
This commercial has tattoo making, combing, body piercing, and nunchucks, all based on a standard stapler.
2006, Mulching a Thief, ARC The land for the farm was being cleared in 2006, and the massive mulcher made an excellent character in a drama.
This was part of a senior project given able tutelage from Austin Kempton.
ARC in Spring 2006
Two students, Wall-of-Famer Austin Kempton and AFS Student Jonas Wilmart, both exceeded their earlier achievements with video on the main campus by coming over to ARC, the academic recovery center, for a period. Their seven "ARC" works are denoted in the thumbnails.
Jonas was born in Austria but in 2013 he was living in Montreal, which is also French-speaking, and he has his current computer animation work on the website http://jonas-wilmart.blogspot.be/
Any other students in "the trade" will be updated as details become available.
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Fall '13 Update
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