Cliff Atkerson and Jim and Rita Forsythe, Russell, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Cristy Lea Atkerson, to Larry Joe Dinkel, son of Larry and Donna Dinkel, Hays.

Grandparents of the couple are the late Leon and Mary Ann Atkerson, the late Carl and Florence Dumler, the late Joe and Adelaide Dinkel, and the late Sylvanius and Leona Klein.

The bride-elect is a 1997 graduate of Russell High School and a 2003 graduate of Emporia State University with a degree in elementary and special education. She is the computer teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, Hays.

The prospective bridegroom is a 2000 graduate of Hays High School. He is maintenance director at Holy Family Elementary School.

A Sept. 10, 2011, wedding is planned at St. Catherine Church, Catharine.