Norman and Twyla Ricke, Hays, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Amanda, to Rusty Plymell, son of Ron and Carol Plymell, Assaria.

The bride-elect is a 2001 graduate of Hays High School and of Fort Hays State University. She is a kindergarten teacher at Chester Brook Academy in Champaign, Ill.

The prospective bridegroom is a 2003 graduate of Southeast of Saline High School and of FHSU. He is a manager with FedEx in Champaign.

A May, 7, 2011, wedding is planned at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays.