M.G. (Ret.) and Mrs. Jay Hood announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Hood of Columbia, SC to Zack West of Columbia, SC, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill West of Aiken, SC.

The wedding is planned for April 21, 2013 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC.

The bride-elect is the maternal granddaughter of the late Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. Ray Maladowitz and the paternal granddaughter of Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. William Hood of Pittsburg, KS.

She is a 2006 graduate of Wando High School. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. degree in Psychology and an Ed.S. degree in Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling. She is employed by Richland Two School District Intervention Services.

The bridegroom-elect is the maternal grandson of the late Mr. Don Taylor, Jr. and the late Mrs. Nelma Taylor, and step-grandson of Mrs. Patricia Taylor of Aiken, SC. He is a paternal grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Dave West and the late Mrs. Ida West.

He is a 2004 graduate of South Aiken High School. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is employed by SCANA-SCE&G.