A Woodbridge man is one of four winners in the Virginia Lottery’s inaugural “Made in Virginia” program.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”