LaFayette High School senior Kaitlyn Winter is the first from the area to claim the state's top prize in the recent art contest sponsored by the Georgia Federation of Women's Club.
"This is a wonderful honor for Kaitlyn," said LaFayette Woman's Club president Ales Campbell.
Winter received a $500 scholarship for her innovative work of art. The scholarship will come in handy this fall for her as she begins attending Darton College on an academic scholarship to earn a degree toward physical therapy, she said.
Winter's work was based on a color study taught by her art teacher, Liz Hornik. Winter used a monochromatic color palette of blue alongside intricate detail to create her winning self-portrait.
"It looks just like her visually, but in reality Winter is not a melancholy person even though it looks that way in the depiction," Hornik said.
Hornik explained that Winter's art was a really involved piece and said she was thrilled that the work literally paid off.
"Exposing kids to get involved in contests and public events shows them that not only is art important but that their art is important," Hornik said.
At LaFayette High School, Winter also participates in cross country and track and is a member of the National Art Honor Society.