Shannon and Kelley McCormick of Lakin and Steven Root of Kansas City, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Irene Root of Lakin, to Braden Kyle Barnhardt, also of Lakin. He is the son of Roger and Stacey Barnhardt of Lakin.

The bride-to-be attends Emporia State University, pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education, planning to graduate in May 2012.

Her fiancee is a student at Kansas State University, planning to graduate in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in agronomy. He plans to join the family farming operation.

A Dec. 31, 2011, wedding is planned at the Lakin United Methodist Church in Lakin. The couple plans to move back to southwest Kansas after graduation.