Lauren Battram and Wheeler Compton

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Jeffrey and Conna Battram of Ballwin are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Battram, to Wheeler Rand Compton, son of Robert and Catherine Compton of Kirkwood.

The bride-to-be graduated from Parkway South High School in 2005. She received a B.S. with an emphasis in housing and interior design from Missouri State University in 2009 where she also is pursuing a master’s of arts in teaching. Lauren teaches family and consumer science at Clayton High School. She is the granddaughter of Patricia Battram of Clayton.

The future groom graduated from Kirkwood High School in 2005 and is pursuing a B.A. in history from Missouri State University, where he also played on the lacrosse team. The couple met in preschool. As a little girl, Lauren told all their teachers that they were going to get married some day. They lost touch, but were reunited in high school and again in college. Wheeler surprised Lauren when he popped the question with a Champagne toast at a family barbecue.

The couple is planning a July wedding. Following a honeymoon on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the couple will reside in St. Louis.