Student’s artwork will travel through Arlington Co. and beyond — on windshields

WASHINGTON — The third time is the charm, as the saying goes.

But for 17-year-old Schuyler Workmaster, it’s more than just a saying. It’s true.

The artist and student at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia, won the 2018-19 Decal Competition run by the Arlington County Treasurer’s Office and will be featured on more than 160,000 windshields across Arlington County.

“This is the third year that I entered,” Workmaster said. “I have gotten into the finals the past two years. This year, I finally won.”

Workmaster, who lives in Fairfax County, entered Arlington County’s yearly Decal Design Competition since she was a freshman, after her art teacher introduced the competition to the entire class.

In October 2017, high school students who either live in or attend school in Arlington County were invited to participate in the 14th annual contest.

Residents were asked to rank the top four submissions they liked best in order of preference. After six weeks of voting and 3,600 tallied votes from throughout the county, Workmaster was the winner.

Her entry, a soft-pastel drawing, is titled “The Arlington Skyline and Potomac River.”

“It’s a picture of the Potomac River with cherry blossoms, and then the skyline of Arlington in the background,” she said. “It’s during spring, and the cherry blossoms are reflecting on the water. And it’s very serene and beautiful.”

Workmaster gets a $750 prize for winning first place. The three other finalists receive $500 each.

She is considering what she’ll do with the prize money, but said she’ll “possibly use that for participating in an art program over the summer.”

Workmaster is stoked about her win.

“I felt like my work definitely paid off.”

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