John and June Allen, Hays, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Josie Allen, to Jesse Thompson, son of Troy and Kathy Thompson, Hays.

The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Hays High School and is attending Fort Hays State University, pursuing a degree in medical diagnostic imaging. She is employed at Becky's School of Dance as an assistant teacher and choreographer, and Hays Medical Center as a patient care technician.

The prospective bridegroom is a 2006 graduate of HHS and is attending FHSU, pursuing a degree in criminal justice. He is a private first class in the Kansas Army National Guard.

A Jan. 8, 2011, wedding is planned in Hays.