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Pittsburgh, PA--Two La Roche students majoring in graphic and communication design may become part of the creative brain trust that helps Pittsburgh mark its 250th anniversary. Seniors Jon Dascola and Brittany O'Connell recently placed first in the Pittsburgh Educational Communications Consortium (PECC) student competition. They earned top honors for their print advertisement, titled “Pittsburgh 250th Celebration.”

“This is quite an honor for our students and program,” said Pat Connolly, chair of the Department of Graphic and Communication Design. “With the judging being done by professionals and this being a major local student design competition, the first-place award speaks very highly of our students and of our program, and it shows that we are preparing students for a successful career after La Roche.”

Local design agency executives served as judges for the PECC competition. La Roche's students faced competition from students at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Point Park University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. As first-place winners, Dascola and O'Connell will be honored at an awards celebration later this year, and their winning advertisement will be printed in both The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Tribune Review. The design firm tapped to prepare the promotional campaign for “Pittsburgh 250th” will review Dascola and O'Connell's ideas and consider those concepts for inclusion in the official materials for the event.

This year marks the first time that La Roche students have entered the PECC competition. Their work was the product of this year's Immersion Days assignment, an annual two-day design project completed by La Roche juniors and seniors majoring in graphic and communication design. <

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