Grace Preston is 16 years old and lives in Brockway. She is a senior now at DuBois Christian Schools. Grace’s Graphic Design began in 2020. She has been an entrepreneur since she was 8 years old. Initially she started by making dog biscuits and selling them at her local farmer’s market and donating all the money to animal shelters. She called it “Grace’s Goodies.” Grace has donated over $14,000 to animal charities over the past eight years.
She continued doing that until last year when she started becoming more interested in digital art. Her parents bought her a Cricut machine, which cuts vinyl, and she started designing and making t-shirts, mugs, water bottles and other items. Before long her friends and family wanted to buy her items. Grace made “Senior Strong” shirts for my classmates who were seniors because they were missing all their milestones due to Covid. The local newspaper did an article about it and then she started to be contacted by people that she didn’t even know wanting to buy shirts and other custom items. So Grace started “Grace’s Graphic Design.” She bought a heat press and some other equipment and did all the paperwork to make her business legal and since then she has made hundreds of designs for a variety of custom items. Her customers have ranged from schools to nursing homes and small local businesses and churches and many many individual customers.
As Grace’s Graphic Design, she continues to use a portion of her proceeds to benefit animal charities, such as sponsoring transports of rescued animals through organizations like Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team. She plans to attend college and major in graphic design and also business administration, and hopefully continue to expand her business in the future.
Here is a picture of Grace wearing one of her shirts with the Grace’s Graphic Design logo on it!
“I am super excited about winning this nomination because I will be able to expand my business with the monetary award. I hope to either expand into sublimation printing or screen printing to make my creative process faster and more efficient!”