Winner of County Vehicle Decal Contest Announced

by ARLnow.com February 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm 3,042 27 Comments

Arlington has a winner in its 2011-2012 vehicle decal contest.

Out of the four design finalists, Wakefield High School student Maya Giacobbe was named the winner for her design, “Hume, Sweet Hume.”

Giacobbe said she chose to design a decal featuring Arlington’s Hume School — the present-day home of the Arlington Historical Society — because “it was one of the first schools in Arlington.”

“I see it every day,” she added.

Nearly 2,700 votes were cast online and by mail between Jan. 12 and Feb. 13. Giacobbe’s design received 906 votes, a plurality.

The tradition of choosing the design via contest open to Arlington high school students began in 2005. Arlington has required some form of a vehicle license or decal since 1949.

The winning design was announced at this afternoon’s county board meeting. Each finalist will receive a $500 savings bond from Wachovia. The winning design, meanwhile, will appear on more than 155,000 vehicles.

“Vincent van Gogh, in his lifetime, did not achieve such an honor,” noted Arlington County Treasurer Frank O’Leary.

  • GMo

    I like our winner more, but this will do.

  • steve

    I refuse to put something that ugly on my car. Freedom of speech includes the freedom not to speak, and I refuse to put that on my car.

    • Glebe Roader

      Of course you do.

    • Jezebel

      Ugly? I thought it was quite appropriate and attractive. What kind of car do you drive?

    • Bob

      According to the Treasurer’s Office, it is perfectly legal to cut out the decorative photo part of the decal.. you just are required to display on the windshield the remainder of the decal as a whole to include the jurisdiction, year, and decal #.

  • MB

    This is nice enough, but I think I’m going to go with one of Brendan’s designs.

    I do wish Miss Giacobbe luck in the future (tho’ I might advise against working in puns).

  • Lou

    It’s a nice photo.

  • Does O’Leary actually have a job he attends too?

    Why is he wasting taxpayer dollars with this decal contest? How much time does he spend on the taxpayer dime doing his research about county history as well?

    • Novanglus

      What taxpayer money? The judges were volunteers, the award is privately donated, and printing decals with art doesn’t cost any more than printing boring decals with a county seal.

      If you don’t like the fact that we have a decal, take it up with the County Board. O’Leary’s just adding a little fun to something the law requires him to do.

    • Stanley

      And its an excellent development opportunity for Arlington Youth. Way to go Arlington for making the most of every opportunity!

      And congratulations to the winner. Three of the finalists came from Wakefield, indicating what must be a great program over there.

  • G. Clifford Prout

    Vincent van Gogh didn’t have copper soffiting.

    • Greg

      Neither apparently does the Hume school (or was that copper downspouts?).

      • Ha!

      • Dan

        I think that it was the downspouts that “disappeared”…..
        But if Van Gogh were to have worn copper downspouts, he might not have had as dramatic issues with his ear…….

  • Lalaland

    Congrats to the winner! I wish we had this when I was in high school.


    There were a lot of pumpkins there in October? FREDTERP

  • Barbin

    I like the photo. I’m glad something really pertinent to Arlington County won. Even better,a photo that reminds us of our history. I also like the idea of a student contest. We should give more opportunities for recognition of young artists.

  • Wilbur

    Congratulations to the winner! and to the Four Finalists! Congratulations to Arlington for continuous positive programs for Arlington Youth.

  • cmg

    It’s a lovely picture, and congrats to the winner, but it kind of makes it look like we live in the boondocks! That’s why I liked the Iwo Jima and Pentagon decals.

    • Jezebel

      Note to cmg: Arlington Ridge IS the boondocks!

  • brendan

    Congrats! as much fun as the snarky, alternative decals were, it’s great to see a student’s work be featured like this.

  • othersideoftheriver

    It’s the Arlington Historical Society museum — go for a visit!


  • charlie

    since I continue to have to hang the receipt for paying my car tax for my car that is valued at $100 in the window of my car, will i also have
    to paste the receipt for paying my real estate taxes in the window of my house?
    It really is just a receipt.
    Made out of non-recyclable materials and contains horrible smelling glues that can’t be good for the environment.

  • Robert

    I like it because of Arlington’s history. I’ve always wanted to go visit the Arlington Historical Society museum. I used to live about three houses down from the building, too. Ridge Road should be renamed “Rich Road”. lol! Nevertheless, it’s a real shame that copper was stolen from there. Too close to “Arlandria”, I guess. I liked the more colorful biking/nature decal because although I’m not rich, Arlington does a great job of promoting parks and recreation.

    Also, “Steve” is an ass. Ya gotta feel sorry for somebody like that.

  • We, the Board of Directors and Members of the Arlington Historical Society, wish to congratulate Ms. Maya Giacobbe! We are truly delighted and gratified at the popular selection of her wonderful image of the Hume School Arlington Historical Society Museum for the new County vehicle decal!

    The Hume School Museum is truly one of Arlington’s “hidden gems.” While small, it is packed with fascinating artifacts, exhibits, displays, and stories about Arlington’s rich history, back to the Native American villages here, visited by Captain John Smith in 1608. We hope the proliferation and display of the decal image will generate a wave of curious new visitors to the Museum, located at 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road, just a few hundred yards from the Pentagon City Mall. The Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM, and admission is FREE!

    Tom Dickinson
    Arlington Historical Society

  • Jim

    down with the decal

  • Kurt

    Can someone please explain why Arlington County still has county stickers while Fairfax does not? The county and state are sticker crazy! There has got to be a better way. How much does it cost to print and mail these things?


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