Graphic designer Gascon Plaquemine resident honored nationally

Tryve Brackin
Graphic designer Rodney Gascon and Peacock Communications President Ellie Hebert, both of Plaquemine, celebrate a national award from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Peacock Communications and the East Baton Rogue School System received the association’s second highest honor for the design of the school system’s external newsletter.

The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has honored Peacock Communications and the East Baton Rouge School System with a national award for the school system’s external newsletter.

Plaquemine native Ellie Hebert, president of Peacock Communications, said Rodney Gascon of Plaquemine, the company’s graphic designer, created the award-winning design of the newsletter. She described Gascon’s work as “masterful.”

Peacock Communications worked closely with the school system’s Communications Department in developing the newsletter, and continues to design and produce it. Department personnel write the newsletter.

The publication competed with newsletters produced by school systems across the country in the external newsletter category of the public relations communication. The Award of Merit is the second highest given by the NSPRA.

Chris Trahan, the school system’s director of communications, received the award at the national NSPRA conference in Washington D.C. earlier this month.

“Peacock Communications has proven to have the talents necessary to deliver superior quality,” Trahan said of the company’s work with the school system.

Gascon worked at the Plaquemine POST/SOUTH for 10 years before leaving to form his own company, which he still operates as a free-lance artist. He later returned for another 10 years as head graphic designer at the newspaper. He has worked at Peacock Publications for some two years. His work includes the design of Iberville Parish’s 200th Anniversary poster.

Hebert is a former editor of the POST/SOUTH. Her company does extensive work for local governments and organizations in Iberville Parish.