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Katherine Nicole and Andrew Joseph Flax

Adam and Janice Showalter of Alexander announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Nicole, to Andrew Joseph Flax, the son of Cletus and Patricia Flax of Brownell.
The bride-elect is a 2013 graduate of Western Plains High School. She will complete a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education from Fort Hays State University in December 2017.
The prospective groom is a 2014 graduate of Western Plains High School. In 2016 he graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in agricultural business. He is employed by the First State Bank of Ransom.
The wedding is planned for June 3 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ness City.