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Shupe, Appleton to wed

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Brooke Shupe and Seth Appleton announce their engagement and forthcoming wedding.

Shupe is the daughter of Timothy and Barbara Shupe of Stanberry, Mo., and Appleton is the son of Robert and Susan Appleton of St. Louis, Mo.

Shupe is a 2002 graduate of Stanberry High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in agribusiness management. After college, she moved to Washington, D.C., for an internship and has been there ever since. Following six years of work on Capitol Hill, Shupe joined the National Association of Wheat Growers, where she currently serves as director of Government Affairs for Risk Management.

Appleton is a 2000 graduate of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School and a 2004 graduate of Stanford University with a degree in history. While studying at Stanford, Appleton interned at the U.S. Department of State and in the U.S. Senate, and, after graduating, returned to Washington to work in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ten years later, Appleton is still there, currently serving as chief of staff to Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri.

The couple currently resides in Washington, D.C., and will be married this fall in Kansas City, Mo.


John George Simmermon

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Lisa and Taylor Simmermon of Overland Park, Kan., announce the birth of their son, John George Simmermon.

He was born April 24, 2014, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His sister Harper Renee is 2 years old.

His great-grandmother is Ruth Ann Homan of Albany. His grandparents are Renee and Barry Grissom, Ed Simmermon of Leawood, Kan., and David Katterhenrich of Prairie Village, Kan.


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