James and Debra McGarity of Arlington, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Beth McGarity, to Staff Sgt. Patrick M. Malone, son of Timothy and Janis Malone of Stow.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Arlington High School and attends the University of Maryland where she is completing a degree in communications.

Her fiancé is a graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High School and is a broadcast journalist in the U.S. Army stationed in Vicenza, Italy.

A May wedding is planned at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Md.