COLUMBIA - Don and Darla Dorward of Columbia have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kristina Dorward to James Essner, son of Stan and Shirley Essner of Benton.
The future bride is a 2002 graduate of Rock Bridge High School and received a degree in psychology from the University of Columbia-Missouri in 2006. She is working on her master's degree in business administration at Columbia College. She is employed in the Psychiatry Department at University Hospital.
The prospective bridegroom is a 2000 graduate of Thomas W. Kelly High School and received a degree in plant science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. He is employed as a sales associate for Orkin in Columbia.
Plans are under way for a Sept. 15 ceremony at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia.