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Westside inducts five alumni into Hall of Fame

Westside inducts five alumni into Hall of Fame

Twenty-six Nebraskans have been officially recognized by the state for their accomplishments.

The Westside Community Schools inducted five alumni into the Westside Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Scott Carlson, Linda Sorenson Meigs, Chris Mundy, Robert Rose and Michael Staenberg were honored at a ceremony hosted by the Westside Community Schools, the Westside Foundation and the Westside Alumni Association.

Carlson graduated from Westside in 1975 and serves as chairman and CEO of Westin Foods. He also serves as an education advocate through work with Bellevue University, Creighton University, the University of Nebraska and the Westside Foundation.

Meigs graduated in 1968. An award-winning artist and author, she’s also known for saving the Florence Mill from demolition in 1998. The mill is now a nonprofit museum on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mundy, class of 1984, is the co-executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series “Ozark.” He’s also written for more than 25 TV shows, including “Chicago Hope” and “Criminal Minds.”

Rose was posthumously inducted. The 1964 graduate was a leading advocate for the development of fuel cell use around the world. His career spanned more than half a century and included work in the National Clean Air Coalition, the U.S. Fuel Cell Council and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Before his death in 2018, he was awarded both a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hydrogen Association and a Special Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Staenberg, class of 1972, is a real estate developer and entrepreneur whose clients include Walmart, McDonald’s and AMC Theaters. He has donated more than $60 million to organizations and communities in St. Louis, Omaha and abroad, funding programs dedicated to arts and culture, children, education and medical services.

Scott Carlson

Scott Carlson

Linda Meigs

Linda Sorenson Meigs

Chris Mundy

Chris Mundy

Robert Rose

Robert Rose

Michael Staenberg

Michael Staenberg


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