Richard and Emily Keener of Suwanee announce the engagement of their daughter, Kara Renee Keener of Iron Station, N.C., to Lt. Michael Ryan Holden of Iron Station, N.C., son of Randall and Elaine Holden of Iron Station, N.C.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Larry Lazenby of Gastonia, N.C., the late Faye Lazenby, David and Faye Keener of Lincolnton, N.C., and Charly and Gail Peele of Lincolnton, N.C. She is pursuing a degree in education from Central Piedmont Community College. She plans to teach history and English to middle school grade levels. She is employed by Longhorn Steakhouse in Huntersville, N.C.

The future groom is the grandson of Lois Holden of Mt. Holly, N.C., the late Herbert Holden, Doris Nash of Mt. Holly, N.C., and the late Harvey Nash. He received a degree in music education from UNC-Charlotte in 2006. He is in the United States Air Force and is in Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. He also works with the North Lincoln High School band program as a music arranger.

The wedding is planned for Dec. 27 in Lincolnton, N.C.