Preston, who will graduate with honors, was recognized at the event held in the Bulldog Bistro of the new Career and Technical Education facility at La Porte High School.
Gilda Ramirez of Port Houston was the mistress of ceremonies, and Dean E. Corgey, Port Houston Commissioner, was the featured speaker. The group also heard from Dawona Miles, maritime coordinator for Port Houston; Chief John Stauffer, associate vice chancellor and superintendent of maritime at San Jacinto College; Ursula Williams, maritime program coordinator at Texas Southern University; Darren Shelton, quality and systems director for Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.; and Debbie Seibert, LPISD career and technical education coordinator.
Corgey and Captain David Jancauskas, LPHS Maritime Academy instructor, presented Preston with a medal and a certificate from Port Houston. Preston also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman Brian Babin during the event.
Junior high school and high school students who are interested in the LPHS maritime program were also invited to the dinner, as were current LPHS maritime students. Also on hand for the event were representatives from a wide variety of companies involved in the maritime industry as well as colleges and universities at which students may further their maritime education.