Contest: Design the City Vehicle Decal

The Office of the Treasurer of the City of Falls Church is proud to announce the third annual Vehicle Decal Design Competition—a cash-prize contest for high school students. The winners will have a truly unique accomplishment to highlight on their college applications and resumes.

The first-place design will have a City of Falls Church theme and will be displayed on the windshields of more than 13,000 vehicles registered in the City of Falls Church. All designs must be original and new.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners at a City Council meeting.

Click here to download the letter to students.
2019 Yellow Decal Mockup

Design Guidelines

  1. The theme for the contest is the City of Falls Church. Submit a creative, artistic and memorable design that highlights our community. All designs must be original and new. Submissions from previous years cannot be accepted. Scroll to the bottom on this webpage to see last year's top four submissions.
  2. Designs should be JPEGs, no less than 300 DPI.
  3. The design will measure approximately 1.5” high by 2.25” wide. Designs should be appealing at this small size.
  4. Take into consideration that the background of the 2018-2019 decals will be yellow, as in the sample above.

Submission Instructions

The deadline for submission has been extended to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Submit the following pieces to or via CD to Treasurer, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046 (submissions will not be returned):

  1. Your design (see guidelines above)

  2. The application (either complete, save/scan and email, or print and mail) which includes
    • Design title
    • 100 words or less on how your design represents the City of Falls Church
  3. The artwork release form


This contest is open to high schools students who either reside in the City of Falls Church or who go to school in the City of Falls Church. Only one entry per student, please. Submission from previous years will not be considered.


Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries.


Voting opens the week of January 22 and closes February 22. Check back here for a link.


Wednesday, January 17 at 5 p.m.

Deadline to enter contest
Saturday, January 20
Citizen panel chooses top four finalists
Monday, January 22
Final four designs appear on this website
Thursday, February 22 at 11:45 p.m.
Voting ends for top design
Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Winning design announced at City Council meeting (date subject to change)

Previous Winners

2017-2018 Winners

2017-2018 Vehicle Decal Finalists

  • 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 

2016-2017 Winners

2017-2018 Winning Vehicle Decal
Winners of 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)
Cardinal Decal Winner