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Pueblo Centennial High School Student Tiona Cordova painting of Kendrick Lamar that will appear in the U.S. Congress. Photo via Rep. Scott Tipton, Twitter

Rep. Scott Tipton takes Kendrick Lamar to Congress

A painting of hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar will be on display at the U.S. Capitol, thanks to Congressman Scott Tipton and a Pueblo teen.

Each year Tipton hosts the 3rd Congressional District Art Competition, which included entries from Pueblo, Creede and Telluride this year.

Tiona Cordova, a senior at Centennial High School in Pueblo won the 2017 competition with her original work of the rapper — titled “Utmost Respect.”

“These students have remarkable, artistic abilities and I am always incredibly proud of the artwork they produce every year,” Tipton said in a news release.

“The panel of judges has a tough task of selecting a winner, as the works submitted are all worthy of appreciation and demonstrate impressive skill. I want to congratulate Tiona for her exceptional painting this year and thank all of the students who participated.”

As first place winner, Cordova received a trip to Washington, D.C., for the Congressional Institute’s Awards Reception on June 29.

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