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Two Highlands Principals Named 2024 Pittsburgh Penguins Most Valuable Principal



Highlands Elementary School Principal Dr. Stanley Whiteman and Highlands Middle School Assistant Principal Mr. Cory Sakolsky have both been named a 2024 Pittsburgh Penguins MVP—Most Valuable Principal!

Dr. Whiteman and Mr. Sakolsky are two of only 15 building administrators across Allegheny County honored by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Grable Foundation and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for the profound impact they've had on providing exceptional opportunities for students. They were selected among an extensive pool of nominations, which is a testament to their outstanding leadership in advancing teaching and learning, their commitment to excellence, and their dedication to the success of all learners within our school community. 

"I am so proud of Dr. Whiteman and Mr. Sakolsky for being named Most Valuable Principals. Their hard work and dedication to our students' education are unwavering, and they deserve this recognition," said Highlands Superintendent Dr. Monique Mawhinney. "Every day, they show up to work with smiles on their faces, regardless of the situations they encounter. They are student-centered leaders who ensure every student has what they need to be successful academically, socially and emotionally."

As part of this recognition, they will be honored at the Penguins game on Sunday, March 17, where they will receive two party suite tickets, a customized Pens jersey and a $1,000 donation for their respective school buildings. 

"I am grateful and honored to be included on this distinguished list of building leaders," said HES Principal Dr. Whiteman. "I find immense joy and fulfillment in serving the dedicated staff and bright students of Highlands Elementary School. Their enthusiasm and passion continually inspire me to give my best every day," he said. #bethekindkid #rams4life 

Middle School Principal Mr. Sakolsky said that he was extremely proud and honored to represent the district and community with this recognition. "This is a testament to the collective efforts of our administration, teachers, and most importantly, our students," said Mr. Sakolsky. "Without all of us working towards a common goal with our students at the forefront of our priorities, recognitions like this would not be possible," he said.

Both Dr. Whiteman and Mr. Sakolsky wish to thank the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, Grable Foundation and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for recognizing them with this honor.  

Dr. Mawhinney added, "I value every member of my administrative team, and I'm excited that two administrators are receiving public recognition for the extraordinary work my team does for our students, staff, parents, and communities."

Congratulations, Dr. Whiteman and Mr. Sakolsky! 

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