The engagement and upcoming wedding of Rachel Yvonne Torres and Chris P. Maestas has been announced.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Nolbert and Olympia Torres of Belen. She graduated as valedictorian of her 1996 class at Belen High School and is a 2002 graduate of the University of New Mexico, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and was the salutatorian of her class.
She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene So-ciety, Hispanic Dental Associ-ation, Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society, Gold-en Key Honor Society, National Barrel Horse Association and the Zia Barrel Racing Associ-ation. She works in Socorro at the dental office of Dr. Duane H. Beers.
Her fiance is the son of Juan and Nila Maestas of Jarales. A 1990 graduate of Belen High School, he is a draftsman and software developer at the Public Service Company of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He also specializes in doing custom house plans.
The couple met three years ago and became engaged at the River of Lights in the Albuquerque Botanical Gar-dens on Dec. 23.
An Aug. 24 wedding is planned at San Isidro Catholic Church.