LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A self-portrait by a local high school student will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

Kentucky U.S. Representative John Yarmuth visited Atherton High School Monday morning to make the surprise announcement. Emily Aycock was named the winner of Yarmuth's 12th annual Congressional Art Competition.

She won for her self portrait done with colored pencil.

Aycock says she was shocked by the win, and is glad to get recognition for something she loves.

"Art has always been something I've loved," Aycock said. "I feel like it's a way to express yourself and just create something that hasn't been created before to make people happy, and just feel different ways."

Aycock's self-portrait will hang in the halls of the U.S. Capitol for a year, and she also gets two round-trip flights to Washington, D.C. to attend the unveiling.

The winner was chosen by a panel of judges from the local arts community.

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