Michigan Association of Fire Fighters

Frankenmuth High School graduate Jack Rich was awarded one of two 2024 Carl Parsell Scholarships.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Carl Parsell Scholarship recipient Jack Rich is proud to be the son of MAP-represented St. Clair Shores Police Officer Anthony Rich of St. Clair Shores and Nicole Schaller of Birch Run, a former police officer and nurse.

Rich was selected as one of two 2024 Carl Parsell Scholarship recipients to receive the $2,500 award.

“As far as impact goes, with my dad being a cop, winning the scholarship means a lot because I know how hard it is being a cop especially these days,” Rich said. “Winning the scholarship from something in his field just made me feel good and I got to represent my academics and all that I’ve done.”

MAFF Business Agent Chad Trussler (right) presents MAP member Anthony Rich, a St. Clair Shores Police Officer, with a 2024 Carl Parsell Scholarship which was awarded to his son Jack Rich. Jack Rich was out of town participating in a baseball tournament during the Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing.

Rich, an 18-year-old Birch Run resident, graduated from Frankenmuth High School May 30, 2024 with a 4.098 GPA. He plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University to study Pre-Med and accepted a position on Saginaw Valley’s baseball team.

“My career goal would be orthopedic surgeon,” he said. “My mom used to be a police officer in Detroit’s 3rd Precinct for three years and then she was an ER nurse at Detroit Receiving Hospital. My stepdad is an ER doctor and I’ve been around hospital work my entire life and I like what orthopedic surgeons do.”

Rich said he was inspired to become an orthopedic surgeon after his stepfather, Derek Schaller, an Emergency Room Doctor at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw, discussed the career field with him. The Carl Parsell Scholarship will help him achieve his dream, providing funding toward his bachelor’s degree.

“The scholarship is a lot of money and I feel great! I’m obviously going to need it for the field of study I’m going into,” he said of his studies which include obtaining a Doctorate degree.

During high school, Rich was a scholar athlete. He also found time to volunteer helping other students. He’s earned money working as a Scoopologist at Jaami’s Ice Cream & Treats in Frankenmuth during the summer of 2023 and has been an in-shop sandwich maker at Jimmy John’s in Frankenmuth since January 2024.

A Frankenmuth High School Freshman, JV and Varsity Baseball team player from 9th through 12th grades, Rich’s team was First Team All-District and First Team All-Academic in baseball his junior year. “My sophomore year and senior year, our baseball teams were Quarterfinal Runner Ups,” he said.

He provided hitting lessons for area children every winter since his junior year through a program provided by Frankenmuth High Varsity Baseball Coach Tim Smith. “The coaches put on the clinic and it’s voluntary to help out 7-9 year olds with hitting. They ask the players if they want to help,” Rich said. “During all years of my baseball career in high school, I took the underclassmen to go hit in the baseball cages with me,” he wrote in his scholarship application.

Captain of the Frankenmuth High Varsity Football team during his senior year, Rich played on the school’s football teams from 9th through 12th grades. His freshman and JV football teams earned State Runner Up. The varsity football team placed Second Team All-District and All-Region his senior year.

“My junior year, I was backup (quarterback) QB and we made it all the way to States,” he said. “I was also the second best quarterback in my district.”

Rich received the All-Advertising Honor for his performance as quarterback his senior year. “The Thumb of Michigan takes all teams in the Thumb and gives them an honor,” Rich said. “I was one of the best QBs in the Thumb of Michigan.”

He participated in St. Lorenz Church Basketball League during 10th and 11th grades and Frankenmuth High’s Snow Club during his senior year, going on skiing and snowboarding trips with classmates.

Academics were also a priority for Rich, who completed five Advanced Placement courses and was involved in academic organizations. During his junior year, he was a Student Council member and, as a senior classman, he was a National Honor Society (NHS) member. “Our school only offers NHS our senior year,” he said.

As a DECA Program participant, an organization which helps prepare high school students for careers in marketing, finance, management and hospitality, Rich was a DECA State Qualifier in his junior year. “You do this competition, and if you place high enough, you move on to States in Detroit and I got to do that,” he said. “They give you a topic in business and finance, and they give you a problem and you have to find a solution for it. If your solution is good enough, you get points and move on.”

“Whether it’s balancing things like studying for AP classes, watching (game) films, or throwing the football with a wide receiver who needed a little more confidence catching the football, I have always made time to excel outside of the classroom as much as inside, maintaining a steady 4.1 GPA,” he wrote in his application.

His scholastic achievements were also recognized by Saginaw Valley State University with their Founder’s Source Scholarship for $6,500 per year for up to four years for graduating with a SAT score over 1200 and a grade point average above 3.95.