Mariah Leigh Thompson of Newton and Nicholas Truman Banning of Valley Center, along with their parents, announce their engagement.

Thompson is the daughter of Don and Stephanie Thompson of Newton. She is a 2001 Newton high school graduate and 2006 Bethel College graduate. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in functional special education at Wichita State University. She is a special education teacher for the McPherson County Special Education Cooperative.

Banning is the son of Danny and Joyce Banning of Valley Center. He is a 1997 graduate of Valley Center High School. He currently is a warehouse manager for Experitec in Wichita and volunteer fireman for the Valley Center Fire Department.

The couple is planning an Aug. 2, 2013, wedding at Riverlawn Christian Church of Valley Center.