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The latest fish in the Roanoke Valley Rocks campaign is now at the entrance of Hoyle Field at Roanoke Rapids High School.

Lori Medlin, president and CEO of the Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the fish was painted by Chaloner Middle School art teacher Shelley Rideout, who she described as “a dedicated and talented artist.” 

Rideout painted the fish, Medlin said, to resemble Jax, “the beloved mascot for the Jackets.” 

In the first gallery photo from left: Austin Geary, Rideout, Medlin, Julie Thompson, Tom Davis, and Semaj Pierce. In the second gallery photo: Medlin and coach Chris Lyons.

“Roanoke Valley Rocks is a public relations/public art campaign designed to uplift and inspire our community and visitors,” Medlin said. “The highlight of the Roanoke Valley Rocks campaign is a collection of brightly and creatively painted 72-inch fish statues. The Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau is committed to making the Roanoke Valley a great place to visit. This program has been successful because of the many local businesses that launched fish at their locations and supported the project.”

A tour of all the fish can be found at this link

The high school, Medlin said, is an icon in the community. “Serving our children since Sept 21, 1921, Roanoke Rapids High School is a treasure for our community.  Built by renowned New York architect Hobart Brown Upjohn, the school has served generations of families in Roanoke Rapids.”

She said the school district’s mission, which reads, “‘Together, we are inspiring bright and joyful futures by fostering community and building opportunities for each student to reach their full potential,’ is exemplified at the high school.”

Said Medlin: “With 101 years of graduates to its credit, generations share many great memories created in this historic structure.  It is this brick-and-mortar that has kept decades of students strong, steadfast, and bonded to this school and to this community. They are the faithful and the true-hearted."