As the winner of a local art contest, a photograph by a Texoma student will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.


Jamie Baker, director of public policy for U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, announced Tuesday that Texoma Christian School sophomore Jennifer Cogswell would receive the honor for winning the 4th Congressional District’s Art Competition.


“Her portrait will join winners from congressional districts across the nation and be hung in the capital in Washington, D.C. for one year,” Baker said at Tuesday’s Grayson County Commissioners Court meeting.


Baker explained Cogswell’s photo, titled “Wheatfields of Texas” was selected by a panel of judges from submissions by high school students across the 18 counties of the 4th Congressional District.


“This is the first time that a Grayson County individual has won this art contest,” County Judge Bill Magers said.


Cogswell was on hand at the meeting to display her photograph to the county commissioners and audience at Tuesday’s meeting.


“If I’m not mistaken, it’s the first time photography has been used to win this competition,” Baker said. “So kudos all around to Jennifer. I know Grayson County is incredibly proud of her.”


Cogswell received a round of applause from the commissioners and those present for the meeting and offered a simple “thanks” when asked whether she wanted to say anything following Baker’s presentation.