John and Marjorie Hayes of Atkinson, are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Lance, to Shannon O'Neill, daughter of Michael and Ann O'Neill of Washington Courthouse, Ohio. The couple got engaged this past New Year's Eve on the beach in San Diego, CA, where they currently reside. Lance, a 1996 graduate of Timberlane Regional High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire in 2002. Upon graduation, he moved around the country working at various Marine Biology related sites including NOAA, the Bimini Biological Field Station, the Key West Aquarium, and Sea Camp San Diego. He is currently an aquarist at the Sea Life Aquarium in Carlsbad, California, where he also oversees the daily dive operations. He is a member of the California State Dive Safety Board and the State Safety Council. Shannon is a 2005 graduate of Washington Senior High School, and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Cal-State San Marcos. Shannon moved to San Diego from Washington Courthouse after graduation and is currently employed at Sea Camp San Diego, where she oversees school groups for marine educational activities, does intern hiring, and tends to the care and upkeep of the aquatic exhibits.The couple is planning a February 9, 2013 wedding at St. John's Cathedral in San Diego, California. They will then honeymoon in Saint Croix, USVI.