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KFOX14 sits down with Bel Air student who has art displayed in US Capitol

By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- Two months ago, Gabriela Moreno, a Bel Air High senior, was just sitting in class.

"They called me up to go to the office and I thought I was in trouble," Moreno said.

She said soon after, she was face to face with her principal.

"He was pretending to like, ask me questions, kind of like a survey. And I was falling for it. I was giving him my honest opinion," Moreno said.

But she wasn't about to be punished -- instead, she was about to be rewarded -- big time.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and a camera crew suddenly came barging in.

"I'm like 'What, what's going on? Then I'm like I'm in serious trouble now, but then they told me, yeah I was just in shock," Moreno said.

Out of hundreds of submissions, O'Rourke's office chose Moreno's artwork -- a self-portrait -- to represent El Paso in the U.S. Capitol.

O'Rourke wanted to tell Moreno she'd won first hand.

"I was expecting some kind of prize, but I never imagined I would get the ultimate prize," Moreno said.

A trip to D.C. the following month was the icing on the cake.Moreno was able to see her work hanging in the halls of the United States capitol.

"I just felt really flattered cause I saw all the other work and I was like 'Wow, they actually think mine is as awesome as that one' and it just feels awesome," Moreno said.

Moreno has since graduated and plans to pursue art in Santa Fe.

"You only have this time to do what you want, so just go for it," Moreno said.