A Woodbridge man is one of four winners in the Virginia Lottery’s inaugural “Made in Virginia” program.
George Preston gifted $9,000 in prizes to Woodbridge Senior High School and will be featured in a Virginia Lottery “Made in Virginia” commercial set to air this month, according to a news release.
Launched for the first time this year, the goal of “Made in Virginia” is to recognize exceptional individuals who got their start in Virginia public schools. Preston is the Northern Virginia winner.
Four graduates who have created noteworthy success in their career, overcome remarkable adversity or demonstrated a relentless passion for service to their community, were selected from among hundreds of statewide nominees.
After working his way through school and graduating from Virginia Tech, Preston started at SAI Engineering, a Woodbridge mechanical, electrical and plumbing design firm. He has since become the firm’s co-owner and principal mechanical engineer.
Preston was nominated for his commitment to volunteerism, wherein he has mentored students in Prince William County Public Schools and coached a youth basketball league, according to the release.
Stephanie Saylor, a fellow employee at SAI Engineering who nominated Preston, said, “He has always reached for the stars in his thoughts and actions, while honoring that inclination by encouraging children in his community to do so as well.”
The prize for Woodbridge Senior High includes $5,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $4,000 in school supplies from The Supply Room
“The education that students receive in our public schools creates a lasting impact – and ultimately shapes the inspirational advocates, innovators and leaders of the future,” said Virginia Education Secretary Atif Qarni. “There are endless success stories that originate in Virginia’s classrooms, and it’s time we recognize those community members.”
Since 1999, a combined $9 billion in Virginia Lottery profits have benefited K-12 public schools.
“The winners of the ‘Made in Virginia’ award exemplify not only the inspiring graduates we have here in the Commonwealth, but also demonstrate the instrumental role our K-12 public schools play in a student’s ultimate life success,” said Kevin Hall, Virginia Lottery’s executive director. “Honoring these tremendous graduates feels like the perfect way to celebrate our 30-year mission to benefit Virginia’s K-12 public schools.”