TETNA’s 2017 scholarship awarded to Ricky Serrano

Ricky Serrano scholarship

TETNA board president David Paulsen, right, presents Tosa East High School senior Ricky Serrano with a $500 scholarship check April 26 at Cranky Al’s.

Every year, so many of our neighbors contribute money to our scholarship fund, and we are honored to be able to use that money to provide a scholarship to deserving high school seniors from our neighborhood. This year’s recipient of TETNA’s scholarship is Ricky Serrano.

TETNA board president David Paulsen presented Serrano with a check for $500 at the neighborhood association’s annual meeting April 26 at Cranky Al’s. (The event also featured discussions with Officer Tracy Burbach and the neighborhood’s aldermen, Bobby Pantuso and Joel Tilleson.)

Serrano was chosen by TETNA’s scholarship committee, which provided this summary of his credentials: He is an active student-athlete and Eagle Scout. To earn his Eagle Scout rank, he organized a drive that collected 724 pounds of household items, food, clothing and more for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The teachers who wrote Ricky’s letters of recommendation described him as a hardworking, dedicated student leader who has been active in Student Council, National Honor Society, Courageous Conversations/Cafe (Cultural Alliance for East), and the “We the People” national civics competition. Through his activities and service, Ricky has made our community a better place.

TETNA also is pleased to announce that its board is recommending that the scholarship be increased to $750 in 2018 because of an increase in donations over the past couple years. The scholarship will be among the items voted on in the new TETNA budget at our next meeting, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the Center Street Park Pavilion. We hope to see you there.

Our scholarship is funded through the generous donations of our members. To donate to the Scholarship Fund or see a list of previous members, click here.

TETNA annual meeting set for April 26 at Cranky Al’s

Christina Piel

Then-President Christina Piel speaks at the 2016 annual meeting at Cranky Al’s.

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Cranky Al’s, and everyone who lives in the neighborhood is invited to meet fellow residents, learn about what’s happening locally and enjoy some of of Cranky’s famous pizza.

Aldermen Joel Tilleson, left, and Bobby Pantuso spoke at our 2016 annual meeting and are schedule to be back on April 26.

Aldermen Bobby Pantuso and Joel Tilleson are scheduled to attend to give an update on developments at the city level and answer constituent questions. Wauwatosa Police Officer Tracy Burbach, the school resource officer assigned to Longfellow Middle School and our local elementary schools, also will speak at this year’s annual meeting. And we’ll introduce the Tosa East High School senior who is recipient of this year’s TETNA scholarship.

The annual meeting also is a time for the TETNA board to present our annual budget, and we will electing a new slate of officers and board members. Any TETNA member is welcome to join the board, which requires attending our monthly meeting and helping with our neighborhood events as you are able. Email board president David Paulsen at for info or find out more at the annual meeting.

And if you are new to the neighborhood, attending the annual meeting is a great way to get up to speed on everything that is happening locally. We hope to see you at Cranky Al’s on April 26.

TETNA’s seniors invited to apply for $500 scholarship

2016 scholarship Avery Pankratz

Tosa East senior Avery Pankratz (left) receives the 2016 TETNA scholarship from then-president Christina Piel at the annual meeting, held in April at Cranky Al’s.

Know an outstanding high school senior in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood? Encourage him or her to apply for our $500 TETNA Scholarship by Feb. 10.

This scholarship recognizes a student who best exemplifies the TETNA philosophy: “To provide a welcoming and nurturing environment and to maintain the quality of life and sense of community through shared interests and neighborly interaction.”

The scholarship competition is open to neighborhood seniors who attend public or private school, but only students whose families have a current, paid TETNA membership are eligible. The neighborhood is bounded by 60th Street on the east and 76th Street on the west and stretches from North Avenue north to the city limits. For more information, contact the Tosa East Career Center or email Nicole Etter at

This scholarship is made possible by the generous donations of our members and area businesses and concession sales at the annual Block Party & Movie Night. Click the “Donate” button at the bottom of this page if you would like to give to the Scholarship Fund. Additional info is available here.

How to apply for scholarship

Seniors at Wauwatosa East High School should have received information about the TETNA scholarship earlier this month through their scholarship packets and can apply through the school’s standard process.

Other high school seniors in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood can apply by producing the following:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, community, church leaders or others who can discuss your character and accomplishments
  3. On separate paper answer the following questions. Please number your answers to correspond to this application.
    1. What extracurricular, community or volunteer activities did you participate in during high school? Please provide a list of these activities on the form provided.
    2. Please give a brief description of your duties/responsibilities of the three activities most important to you. Include the reason of its importance to you.
    3. The TETNA Scholarship is intended to recognize neighborhood high school seniors whose activities demonstrate support for the Association’s philosophy: To provide a welcoming and nurturing environment and to maintain the quality of life and sense of community through shared interests and neighborly interaction. Please describe in an essay how your participation in a community, church and/or other activities embodies the above philosophy.

Please return this completed application to Nicole Etter by Feb. 10, 2017.

Avery Pankratz awarded this year’s $500 TETNA scholarship

Tosa East senior Avery Pankratz (left) receives the annual $500 TETNA scholarship from association president Christina Piel at the annual meeting, held Thursday at Cranky Al's.

Tosa East senior Avery Pankratz (left) receives the annual $500 TETNA scholarship from association president Christina Piel at the annual meeting, held Thursday at Cranky Al’s.

We’re pleased to announce that our recipient of this year’s Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association scholarship is Avery Pankratz. She received the $500 scholarship Thursday night at TETNA’s annual meeting at Cranky Al’s.

Avery has been very active at Tosa East, serving as editor in chief of the school yearbook; as a Link leader on the Link Crew, which helps new freshmen adjust to high school; as a peer mentor for Above and Beyond; and as a member of the Tosa East Players, among other activities.

She also has a notable record of community service, working with homeless families at The Gathering and underprivileged children at the Christmas is for Kids event.

The youth group director of Avery’s church describes her as “one of the kindest, smartest, generous, confident, hard-working young adults” she’s ever had the privilege to work with. Through her activities and genuine care for others, Avery has shown that she embodies the philosophy of our neighborhood association.

Next year she will attend Loyola University in Chicago, where she will study in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program.

“We know she will make our neighborhood proud,” scholarship committee chairwoman Nicole Etter said.

Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30pm
Cranky Al’s
6901 W North Ave

Join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 21st at 6:30 pm at Cranky Al’s. All members are welcome to hear updates from our Aldermen, the Police Department, and our Board about our neighborhood and city. We will also be looking for new members of the board for the year – if you are interested in being part of the leadership of TETNA – be sure to attend. Pizza will be provided!