WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Derek and Kathy Braden, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Michelle, to Austin Jameson Smith, son of Kim and Carol Smith of West Des Moines.
A 2004 graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines, the future bride attends Iowa State University, where she is majoring in early childhood education. Her grandparents are John and Shirley Braden and Barbara Carroll, all of Sikeston.
The prospective bridegroom is also a 2004 graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines. He is majoring in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University and is employed by Cargill.
Plans are being finalized for a Sept. 2 wedding.