Pleasant Valley High School graduate, Christopher Schwenck, Class of 2015, has activated a three-year Army ROTC scholarship.

Schwenck, the son of Eugene and Paula Schwenck, was awarded this highly selective scholarship his senior year. He committed to attend and carry out the scholarship at Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont.

He recently recited the oath of enlistment, given by Capt. Jones, U.S. Army, Assistant Professor of Military Science, in front of Corps of Cadets family.

The rigorous process includes an application, physical fitness test, medical review and a personal interview. In addition to teaching valuable leadership skills, military training and discipline, ROTC scholarships help with tuition costs and books.

In exchange, recipients agree to serve in the Army for eight years. Norwich University, the birthplace of ROTC, also contributed scholarships to assist with first year costs and room and board.

At Pleasant Valley High School Schwenck ran cross-country and track. He was the vice president for the National Honor Society, and a member of the German Honor Society and debate team. He also held the rank of Petty Officer 2nd class in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Lehigh Valley Division.

Now a sophomore at Norwich University studying Political Science, Schwenck is involved with the Student Government Senate, the Cadet Honor Committee and Cadet Academic Mentoring. He is looking forward to studying abroad in Berlin, Germany, for the second half of the school year.