Contest: Design the City Vehicle Decal

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Voting is open via SurveyMonkey until 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 9. The winner will be announced at the February 13 City Council meeting. Voting is open to City residents and employees including police, firefighters, library staff, government employees, teachers and other school employees. Each IP address is allowed to vote only once.
The Office of the Treasurer of the City of Falls Church is proud to announce the second 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. The winning design will also become part of our decal exhibit located at City Hall. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners at a City Council meeting.

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 2017-2018 decals will be green, as in the sample above.


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 9 and closes February 9. Vote now!


Thursday, January 5 at 5 p.m.

Deadline to enter contest
Saturday, January 14
Citizen panel chooses top four finalists
Monday, January 16
Final four designs appear on this webpage and in the "Gallery Without Walls" exhibit in City Hall
Thursday, February 9 at 11:45 p.m.
Voting ends for top design. Vote now!
Monday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Winning design announced at City Council meeting (date subject to change)

Previous Winners

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)