Wakefield High Schooler Wins Arlington's 2016-17 Decal Design Contest
January 28, 2016
- Ryan Kovich’s “Arlington is for Enjoyment” chosen
- Winning entry will be displayed on more than 160,000 vehicles
- Instant Runoff Voting determined winner
Kovich’s photo of the historic landmark, the Arlington Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse, will appear on more than 160,000 vehicles in Arlington County.
“This building has been entertaining Arlington residents since the 1930s,” Kovich wrote in his Decal Competition application. “This picture represents Arlington because the arts are very important to the residents. The Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse also represents friendship and time spent together. Every time I see the aged building and the nostalgic sign, it reminds me of the moments I have spent there with family and friends.” The drafthouse is located at the corner of South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike.
About the competition
Last November, the Arlington County Treasurer’s Office invited high school students who live in Arlington or attend school here to submit a design for the 12th Annual Vehicle Decal Design Competition. In December, a Citizens’ Panel convened to narrow the 85 submissions to just four finalists.
This year, Arlington County residents were asked to rank their selections in order of preference (first choice through fourth choice). The Treasurer’s Office then used Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) to determine the winner.
“I was excited to use Instant Runoff Voting this year for the Decal Competition. It’s hard to choose just one, so this allowed the voters to express a range of preference. The winning entry had a very clear majority from among the four finalists,” de la Pava said. “During the six-week voting period, more than 1,800 Arlington residents voted and Kovich’s design came in first.”
Kovich will receive a cash prize of $750, thanks to the generosity of the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union. The three runners-up will each receive $500.
The other finalists were:
- Gabrielle McKenna, 10th Grader at Washington-Lee High School, with her design, “Ed. Center”
- Amelia Wilt, 12th Grader at Wakefield High School, with her design, “Dark Star Park”
- Schuyler Workmaster, 9th Grader at Bishop O’Connell High School, with her design, “The Netherlands Carillon”
Background on Decals
Arlington began requiring local licensing of vehicles in 1949, which took the form of a metal tag attached to the license plate. The first windshield decal was issued in 1967; decals were first produced with a color image in 2000. In 2003, residents were given the opportunity to vote on the decal image, and in 2005 the Treasurer’s Office started the Decal Design Competition for high school students.
To view the submissions, please click here.
If you are interested in being on the Citizens' Panel, please email email@example.com.
DMV2Go - Full Service
DMV2Go, a full service mobile unit will be in Arlington on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The unit will be parked on the corner of 15th Street N and North Courthouse Rd, across from Jerry’s Subs & Pizza
A Message from the Arlington County Treasurer
We have recently become aware that many Arlington County homeowners have received correspondence from Jud Allen of Express Homebuyers, falsely claiming that these owners owe real estate taxes and that the County may take their homes away from them due to delinquent taxes.
Please be assured that, unless you have heard directly from the Arlington County Treasurer, you do not owe delinquent real estate taxes and there is no risk of the County taking or selling your home.
If you have any questions about this letter, or would like to report having received this letter, call us at 703-228-3090.
EasyPark, Arlington's New in-Vehicle Parking Meter
- Pay only for the time you are parked
- Purchase and reload online
- iParks can still be used
Arlington County Treasurer Carla de la Pava today announced the latest convenience in Arlington parking – the EasyPark in-vehicle parking meter. The successor to Arlington’s popular iPark device, EasyPark combines the ease of coin-free/credit card-free parking with the convenience of Internet customer service.
“The iPark was very popular, and EasyPark is even better,” de la Pava said. “It makes metered parking simple and easy. We are pleased to partner with the manufacturer, OTI America, to make EasyPark available to everyone who parks in Arlington.”
“Customers who already have iParks can still use and reload their iParks for as long as they last,” de la Pava said. Customers can reload their iParks over the phone at 703-228-3082 or at the Arlington Treasurer’s Office, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Window 215.
Read more here.
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