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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Pueblo Centennial High School Senior Wins Congressional Art Competition

May 16, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced Tiona Cordova, a Senior at Centennial High School in Pueblo, as the winner of the 2017 3rd District Congressional Art Competition. The 2017 competition featured ten original works of art from students across the 3rd District, including from Pueblo, Creede, and Telluride.

Tipton announced Cordova’s winning entry, “Utmost Appreciation,” an acrylic painting on paper during a reception in Alamosa on May 9, 2017, where all of the entries were on exhibit and judged by a panel made up of members of the local art community. The winning piece will be sent to Washington, DC, where it will be on display for the next year in the U.S. Capitol Complex.

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

Each participant received a certificate of recognition. The first place winner also received airfare to Washington, DC, for the Congressional Institute’s Awards Reception on June 29th, 2017 (not at taxpayer expense). In addition, the first place artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, from June 2017 to May 2018, along with other winning artworks from Congressional Districts throughout the nation.

Results of the 3rd Congressional District Art Competition:

  • 1st Place – Tiona Cordova, Senior, Pueblo Centennial High School. Title of entry: “Utmost Appreciation”, acrylic on paper;
  • 2nd Place-Kendra Yund, Sophomore, Creede High School. Title of entry:  “Wild Roots”, photography;
  • 3rd Place-Cheyenne McGrath, Senior, Pueblo Centennial High School. Title of entry:  “Ratta”, ink.

Honorable Mentions:  Kalena Muller, Sophomore, Centennial High School, Pueblo;  Soleil Skye Gaylord, Junior, Telluride High School, Telluride.

The Congressional Art competition takes place each spring.  Students are encouraged to visit Congressman Tipton’s website to learn more: