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Couples announcements for February 2012

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Wedding

Keeler and Green

Katie Keeler and Ronnard “Ron” Green, both of Lawrence, were married Jan. 7, 2012, at Circle S Ranch and Country Inn with Carmen Hocking officiating. The bride is the daughter of Jeffrey and Christy Keeler, Goehner, Neb. The groom is the son of Roosevelt Green, Kankakee, Ill., and Gloria Glover, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Maggie Keeler. Best man was Tom Shepard. Bridesmaids were Bryn Stewart, Michelle Harrod, Adriana Sarmiento, Kara Berger and Trinity Wright. Groomsmen were Shawn Edwards, Tim Harrod, Gino Moriera, Tom Berger, and Devante Green, son of the groom. Ringbearers were Justin Keeler and Christian Edwards. Music was provided by Mark Logan. A reception followed at Circle S Ranch and Country Inn. The bride is a graduate of Phillipsburgh High School and attended Kansas University. She is employed with Douglas County Bank in Lawrence. The groom is a graduate of Lawrence High School and the University of West Florida. He is an Army major, currently serving as a battalion executive officer. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Marshall and Levitz

Meagon Marshall, Ames, Iowa, and Michael Levitz, Overland Park, were married Nov. 25, 2011, in Wailea, Hawaii, with Vance Ali’i Rosete officiating. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Jo Baumann, and Deb and Lynn Purcell, all of Ames. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Iowa State University and is a sales manager at The Code Project. The groom is the son of Ken and Meryl Levitz, Overland Park. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports administration and a master’s degree in education, both from Kansas University. He is currently coaching and completing insurance licensure in the state of Kansas. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Gordzica and Elder

Christina Gordzica, Lawrence, and Ryan Elder, Perry, were married Sept. 17, 2011, at Danforth Chapel at Kansas University with Jon Ratzlaff officiating. The bride is the daughter of Alexander P. Gordzica, Lawrence, and Patti Hadl, Prairie Village. The groom is the son of Robert Elder, Wichita, and Sharon Ferguson Elder, Topeka. Maid of honor was Shakerah Underwood. Best man was Chad McElwain. Bridesmaid was Megan Elder. Groomsman was Jake Thompson. Flower girl was Alyssa Gordzica, daughter of the bride. Ringbearer was Tristan Elder, son of the groom. Usher was Alexander M. Gordzica. Ceremony attendant was Dominique LeBeau. Guitarist was Connor Reynolds. A reception was given at Van Go Mobile Arts Center. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2008 and is the lead creative at HypeLife Brands in Kansas City, Mo. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. He earned A+ and Net+ certifications from Wichita Technical School in 2008 and is an install technician at Atronic Alarms in Lenexa. The couple reside in Merriam.

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Rhudy and Brodie

Dr. Courtney Spencer Rhudy and Jeffrey Clarkson Brodie, both of Overland Park, were married Oct. 15, 2011, at Jacobs Well in Kansas City, Mo., with the Rev. Tom Ryan officiating. The bride is the daughter of Marily Rhudy, Bethesda, Md., formerly of Lawrence, and the late J.D. Spencer. The groom is the son of Bruce and Kathy Brodie, Prairie Village. Matron of honor was Alexis Steele. Best men were David Brodie and Danny Brodie. Bridesmaids were Hayden Rhudy, Mallory Shamus, Beth Gregory and Jean James. Groomsmen were Tyler Rhudy, Harper Rhudy and Mason Rhudy. Ushers were Tommy Schrader and Jack Lapping. Greeter was Blair Taylor. A reception followed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. The bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, and Kansas University Medical School Residency Program in Kansas City, Kan. She practices internal medicine at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The groom is a graduate of Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, and Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. He is employed by Clarkson Construction, Inc. of Kansas City, Mo. The couple reside in Overland Park.

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Hill and Johnson

David and Pamela Hill, Baldwin City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Hill, Kansas City, Mo., to Taylor Johnson, Lawrence. The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Baldwin High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Baker University in 2010 and is studying for a doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. The future groom is the son of Jim and Tami Johnson, Garden City. He is a 2007 graduate of Garden City High School and will earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kansas University this May. The couple plan an Aug. 25, 2012, wedding at Annunciation Catholic Church in Baldwin City.

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Grittmann and Howard

Brian and Tanya Grittmann, Brunswick, Ohio, and Greg and Carol Howard, Lecompton, announce the engagement of their children, Michelle Marie Grittmann and Shawn Gregory Howard, both of Kansas City, Mo. The future bride is a 2002 graduate of Leavenworth High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication in 2006, and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 2007, both from Kansas University. She is employed by the Grey Healthcare Group in Kansas City, Mo. The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from KU in 2007 and is employed with AMC Theater’s District Office in Kansas City, Mo. The couple plan an April 28, 2012, wedding at the Vox Theater in Kansas City, Mo.

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Arnold and Johnson

Michael Arnold announces the engagement of his daughter, Samantha Arnold, to Paul Johnson, all of Lawrence. The future bride is also the daughter of the late Avone Arnold. She is a 2010 graduate of Lawrence High School and is studying nursing at Kansas University. The future groom is the son of Dale and Kathy Johnson, Lawrence. He is a 2005 graduate of Lawrence High, attended KU, and is employed at Hamm Inc. The couple plan a July 27, 2013, wedding in Lawrence.

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Howard and Walker

Greg and Carol Howard, Lecompton, and James and Kimberly Walker, Bonner Springs, announce the engagement of their children, Sarah Gail Howard and Dalton James Walker, both of Bonner Springs. The future bride is a 2007 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Kansas University in 2011 and is a music teacher for the McLouth School District. The future groom is a 2007 graduate of Bonner Springs High School. He will earn a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from Concorde University this June. The couple plan a May 26, 2012, wedding at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.

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Ellis and Freeman

Ashlee N. Ellis and Steven J. Freeman Jr., both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Michael and Paula Ellis, Lawrence. She is a 2007 graduate of Free State High School and is employed at Pizza Hut. She is studying for a bachelor’s degree in social welfare at Kansas University and will graduate in May 2013. The future groom is the son of Steven and Stephanie Freeman, Lawrence. He is a 2006 graduate of Free State and is employed at Hallmark Cards Inc. in Lawrence. The couple plan a May 26, 2012, wedding at Danforth Chapel at KU.

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McNabb and Stout

Janice McNabb, Lawrence, announces the engagement of her daughter, Michelle McNabb, to Shane Stout, both of Edwardsville. The future bride is also the daughter of the late Rick McNabb. She is a graduate of Liberal High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Wichita State University. The future groom is the son of Will and Patti Stout, Natoma. He is a graduate of Plainville High School and earned bachelor’s degrees in math education and computer science from Sterling College. The couple plan a July 28, 2012, wedding in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Mitchell

David A. and Joyce L. Mitchell, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Christmas. David Mitchell and Joyce Evarts were married Jan. 27, 1962, in Beloit. David retired from Webster Mobile Home Service with over 30 years of service. Joyce is a homemaker. The couple have two sons, Michael, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Jeffrey, Lawrence; a daughter, Cindy Newell, Garden City; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Romero and Gerstenecker

Christopher and Jeanne Romero, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michaela Renee Romero, all of Lawrence, to Garret Roy Gerstenecker, St. Charles, Mo. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Free State High School. She earned an associates degree in liberal arts and a licensed practical nurse certificate from Johnson County Community College and is employed at CSL Plasma. The future groom is the son of Leroy and Michelle Gerstenecker, Farmington, Mo. He is a 2004 graduate of Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, attended Missouri Baptist University, and is employed at Brandon Woods at Alvamar. The couple plan a Nov. 3, 2012, wedding at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence.

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Schmidt and Jones

Marilyn L. Schmidt and Bret A. Jones, both of Lawrence, were married Nov. 5, 2011, at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, with Larry Baldridge officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mildred Strahm, Sabetha, and the late Walter Strahm. The groom is the son of Donald and Marilyn Jones, Omaha, Neb. Attendants were the couple’s children, Nicole Berry, Natalie Schmidt-Konkel, Nate Schmidt and Katie Jones. Honorary attendant was Brian Jones, who was unable to attend due to a military commitment. A reception was given at Alvamar Country Club. The bride is employed with U.S. Bank in Lawrence. The groom is employed with the Lawrence School District. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Maygers and Thames

Holly Maygers and Matthew Blake Thames, both of Lawrence, were married Sept. 4, 2011, at Victorian Veranda Country Inn in Lawrence, with the Rev. Seth Davidson officiating. The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Melinda Maygers, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Tom and Lisa Stofac, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Molly Fyler. Best man was Spencer Lott. Bridesmaids were Carolyn Yang, Maria Zielinski, Lauren Thames and Kellie Stofac. Groomsmen were Brian Hatesohl, Peter Broeder, Blaine Juhl and Bryan Maygers. Ushers were Alex Warren, Tyler Warren and Eric Warren. Honored attendant was Jessie Wilson. Reader was Spencer Wilson. Gift attendants were Alia Zilliox and Brittany Zilliox. Program attendants were Abbey Berland and Madeline Chestnut. A reception followed at the Inn. The bride is a 2007 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a nursing degree from Washburn University in 2011 and is employed at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Free State. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from Kansas University in 2011 and is employed at GFF Architects in Dallas. The couple reside in Dallas.

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Schwering and Rastok

Jennifer Schwering and Ryan Rastok, both of Lawrence, were married June 11, 2011, at Lakeview Clubhouse in Lawrence with the Rev. Annola Charity officiating. The bride is the daughter of Randolph and Barbara Schwering, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Tom Rastok, Tonganoxie, and Patricia Writt, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Gina Lorenz. Best man was Levi Weaverling. Bridesmaids were Sarah Ballard-Hanson, Abby Botts, Eunice Dokko, Rhiana Huff, Hazel Morley and Emily Sack. Groomsmen were Adam Berg, Michael Hrenchir, Jon Matthews, Kevin Patch, Garrett Rastok and Dylan Writt. A reception was given at Liberty Hall. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history with a minor in leadership studies in 2008 and a master’s degree in early childhood special education in 2010, both from Kansas University. She is an early childhood special education and gear up teacher in the Gardner-Edgerton School District. The groom is a 2005 graduate of Free State. He earned a bachelor’s degree with dual majors in environmental policy and geographical information sciences from KU in 2010 and is employed with Wright Tree Services. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Engagement

Kellison and Blackwell

Brian and Cheryl Kellison, Lawrence, along with Tony and Carla Blackwell, Fredonia, announce the engagement of their children, Kara Rebecca Kellison, Lawrence, and Nathan Jon Blackwell, Fredonia. The future bride is a 2007 graduate of Lawrence High School. She is studying exercise physiology at Washburn University. The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Fredonia High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources management from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2010. The couple plan a May 26, 2012, wedding in Lawrence.

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Messer and Brent

Daryl and Kim Messer, Baldwin City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Messer, to Charles Brent, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2000 graduate of Baldwin High School. She earned an education degree from Pittsburg State University in 2007 and is employed at Vangent Inc. The future groom is the son of the late Galen and Cheryl Brent. He is a 2001 graduate of Ellinwood High School, earned an information technology systems degree from Ottawa University in 2007, and is employed at Quintiles in Overland Park. The couple plan a June 2, 2012, wedding at the home of the bride’s parents.

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Killough and Pepe

Scott and Susan Killough, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Betsy Killough, to Nick Pepe, both of New York City. The future bride is a graduate of Free State High School and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is the director of sales for clothing designer Lela Rose in Manhattan, N.Y. The future groom is the son of Len and Margy Pepe, Milton, Mass. He is a graduate of Boston College High School and Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He is a vice president of sales and trading for Citigroup in Manhattan. N.Y. The couple plan a June 2012 wedding in Kansas.

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Mrkonic and Buckley

Susan and Matthew Mrkonic, Overland Park, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Craig Mrkonic, to Weston Patrick Buckley, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a graduate of Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French cultural studies from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., and a master’s degree in business administration from Consortium University (CIMBA) in Asolo, Italy. She is a marketing manager at Payless ShoeSource in Topeka. The future groom is the son of Lynne and Owen Buckley, Kansas City, Mo. He is also a graduate of Pembroke Hill. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Kansas University and a juris doctorate from DePaul University in Chicago. He is an attorney with The Katz Law Firm in Overland Park. The couple plan an Oct. 5, 2012, wedding at The Williams House in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Hull

Walt and Ruth Poe Hull, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Jan. 13. A celebration with family and friends is planned for early summer. The couple met in an art history class in Spooner Hall at Kansas University and were married, Jan. 13, 1962, by Justice of the Peace John Bell in East Lawrence. Their wedding picture shows them in the living room of Douthart Hall, where Ruth lived at the time. They chose to commemorate the occasion by having their anniversary picture taken there as well. Walt, “The Iron Man,” is the owner of Walt Hull Iron Work. His ornamental and architectural ironwork is well-known around town and in places as far flung as the gates to the new Globe Theater in London. Prior to starting his own business, Walt worked for Zimmerman Steel Company for nearly 20 years, the last five as shop foreman. Ruth has worked for Lawrence Memorial Hospital for the past 14 years. Prior to that she spent more than 15 years in sales. Both worked previously in education. They spent the early years of their marriage in a number of places. They lived in Vienna, Austria, for a year, where Ruth studied German on a Fulbright grant; in Leeds, England, for a year, where Walt worked as a linguist on the Survey of English Dialects; and in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for three years, where Walt studied linguistics and Ruth taught German at Concordia Lutheran College. From Michigan they moved to the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, for two years, where Walt worked on bilingual Lakota-English education projects, before returning to Lawrence in the early ’70s. They have a son, David and wife Rebecca; and two grandchildren.

Engagement

Wenger and Rose

Bobbie Wenger and Jason Rose, both of Baldwin City, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Tim Wenger and Debbie Wenger, both of Sabetha. She is a 2003 graduate of Sabetha High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Kansas State University. The future groom is the son of David and Shirley Rose, Baldwin City. He is a 2000 graduate of Baldwin High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Emporia State University. The couple plan a June 2012 wedding in Sabetha.

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Mosqueda and Frank

Karla Mosher, Topeka, along with Joe and Peggy Frank, Salina, announce the engagement of their children, Nicole Mosqueda and Andy Frank, both of Lawrence. The future bride is also the daughter of the late Alfred “Freddie” Mosqueda. She is a 1999 graduate of Topeka Hayden High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Kansas University in 2003 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2010. She is a senior administrative assistant for the University of Phoenix. The future groom is 1997 graduate of Salina Central High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from KU in 2001. He is the category manager for Crown Distributors. The couple plan an April 19, 2012, wedding at Dreams Puerto Aventuras in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

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Swinford and Parker

Carrie Elizabeth Swinford, Oklahoma City, and John Joseph Parker Jr., Lawrence, were married Sept. 3, 2011, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, with the Rev. Dr. Randall Spindle officiating. The bride is the daughter of John Jr. and Suzi Swinford, Oklahoma City. The groom is the son of John and Nancy Parker, Lawrence. Matron of honor was Bailey Coleman. Best man was Matthew Parker. Bridesmaids were Katie Morgan, Amanda Askew, Grayson Wallace and Kate Chiasson. Groomsmen were Daniel Parker, Christopher Parker, Robert Swinford and Mychael Mulhern. House party attendants were Lauren Ottaway, Kayli Maxwell and Lindsey Parke. Ushers were Michael McDonald, Tim Vacek, Colton Braud and Jacob Coleman. A reception was given at Meinders Hall of Mirrors in the Oklahoma City Civic Center. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Casady High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington and Lee University in 2008, a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 2011, and is employed with University National Bank in Lawrence. The groom is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Washington and Lee University in 2008, and is employed with Mainline Printing in Topeka. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Lemesany and Bartel

Lori Marie Lemesany, Lawrence, and Kyle Marc Bartel, Hillsboro, were married Sept. 10, 2011, at Mary Lemesany’s farm in Lawrence, with Rod Barnes officiating. The bride is the daughter of William Lemesany and Mary Lemesany, both of Lawrence. The groom is the son of Doug and Pam Bartel, Hillsboro. Matron of honor was Elissa Koelling. Maid of honor was Catrina Lemesany. Best man was Ryan Bartel. Bridesmaids were Bethany McBride, Erin Stemple and Kelsey Bartel. Groomsmen were Andrew Freeman, Brandon Emery, Graham Ratzlaff and Brandon Ratzlaff. Flower girl was Evelyn Bartel. Ringbearer was River Bartel. Guestbook and gift attendants were Jen Johnson and Amanda Emery. Ushers were Eric and Casey Bartel. A reception followed at the farm. The bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Kansas State University. The groom is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and K-State. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Flory and Brandt

Louise Michell Flory and Michael Ryan Brandt, New York City, formerly of Lawrence, were married Jan. 20, 2012, in New York City. Both are graduates of Lawrence High School and Kansas University. The bride is the daughter of Jim and Donna Flory, and the groom is the son of John and Sally Brandt, all of Lawrence. The couple reside in New York City.

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Newcomer and Seidel

David and Ann Newcomer, Salina, along with William and Wanda Seidel, announce the engagement of their children, Jenna Newcomer, Salina, and James Seidel, Topeka. The future bride was homeschooled. She earned an undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and is employed at Oasis International School in Ankara, Turkey. The future groom is a graduate of Lawrence High School. He earned an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, a graduate degree from Dordt College, and is employed at Cair Paravel Latin School in Topeka. The couple plan a July 28, 2012, wedding at First Covenant Church in Salina.

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Maynard and Glynn

Robert and Theresa Maynard, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Maynard to Brian Glynn, both of Prairie Village. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sport science in 2008 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2010, both from Kansas University. She is a registered nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at KU Hospital. The future groom is the son of Earl and Karen Glynn, Overland Park. He is a 2004 graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2009 and is a project engineer with Kissick Construction in Kansas City, Mo. The couple plan a Sept. 29, 2012, wedding at Corpus Christi Church in Lawrence.

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Campbell and Jones

Richard and Janet Campbell, Eudora, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Rose Campbell, to Jacob Ray Jones, both of Prairie Village. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Eudora High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Kansas University in 2007 and is the sales coordinator at Holland 1916. The future groom is the son of Albert and Leslie Merritt, Shawnee. He is a 2002 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School, attended KU, and is employed in sales at MTM Recognition. The couple plan a Sept. 29, 2012, wedding at Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora.

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Maxwell and Beightel

Mike and Priscilla Maxwell, Fairfax, Va., along with C.W. and Karen Beightel, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their children, Hillary Ann Maxwell and Eric Beightel, both of Alexandria, Va. The future bride is a 1996 graduate of Fairfax High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Baylor University in 2000 and is a campaign director with DDC Advocacy in Washington, D.C. The future groom is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Kansas University in 2001 and will earn a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University this May. He is a senior environmental policy advisor with the United States Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. The couple plan an Aug. 25, 2012, wedding in Alexandria.

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Cruver and Yang

Michael and Jon Cruver announce the engagement of their daughter, Alia M. Cruver, all of Ottawa, to Yun “Jeff” Yang, Lenexa. The future bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Emporia State University and is employed with Sysco Foods in Lenexa. The future groom is the son of Feng Ming Lu, Shanghai, China, and the late Zhon Qi Yang. He graduated from Shanghai hospitality school and from the Shanghai Cooking School in accelerated studies. He is employed in culinary arts in the Kansas City area. The couple plan a May 8, 2012, wedding in Pukalani Falls & Angels Beach in Hawaii.

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