Contest: Design the City Vehicle Decal

Winning Decal Announced



The Office of the Treasurer of the City of Falls Church is proud to announce the winner of the annual Vehicle Decal Design Competition. "Historic Past - Promising Future" by Annika Britton, sophomore at George Mason High School (GMHS), won first place in the second year of the competition.

Ms. Britton's design will be displayed on the windshields of more than 13,000 vehicles registered in the City of Falls Church beginning in November 2017. Her design will also become part of our decal exhibit located at City Hall.
2017-2018 Winning Vehicle Decal

Ms. Britton included an essay with her winning design:

"My design is a representation of many of the City’s iconic landmarks wrapped around the nickname of the City. Some of these important structures include the historic Falls Church, for which the City is named. Another is the Tinner Hill arch, which is an important civil rights monument and symbol of unity. Others include the State Theatre, our Community Center, and the Cherry Hill farmhouse, and the City’s more recent development is also captured. Falls Church is a wonderful place to call home, and our streets are lined with many prominent reminders of our historic past and our promising future."

Twenty area high school students submitted designs to the City of Falls Church Treasurer. A citizen panel chose the top four designs that best reflected the City community. Online voting for the top four finalists was open to the public from January 9 through February 9. Cash prizes were awarded at the Council meeting: First Place $750, Second Place $500, Third Place $250 and Fourth Place $150.

This Year's Finalists


2017-2018 Vehicle Decal Finalists

All decal finalists were honored by the City Council at the February 13 meeting.

  • 1st Place: "Historic Past - Promising Future" by Annika Britton, 10th Grade at George Mason High School (GMHS), Center
  • 2nd Place: "The Colorful City" by Sedona Decint, 11th Grade at George Mason High School (GMHS), Center Right
  • 3rd Place: "Gateway" by Clara Matton, 11th Grade at George Mason High School (GMHS), Center Left
  • 4th Place: "The Little Church" by Jack Sykes, 9th Grade at George Mason High School (GMHS), Far Right
  • City of Falls Church Treasurer, Jody Acosta (Far Left)

Previous Winners

Winners of Decal Contest

Winners of the 2016-2017 Decal Contest

  • 1st Place: "Cardinal Directions" by Akihira Maher, 11th Grade (far right)
  • 2nd Place: "The Heart of Falls Church" by Annie Castillo, 9th Grade (center right)
  • 3rd Place: "Carved Climbing Tree" by Maeve Keating, 9th Grade (center left)
  • 4th Place: "The Center of Falls Church" by Alice Castillo, 11th Grade (far left)