Larissa Ann Ward and Shane Anthony Gerhartz of Palisade announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the couple are Bill and Nancy Ward and Sandy Ferguson, all of Palisade. Grandparents are Elaine Peterson, JoAnn and Harley Ward, Bill and Beth Smith and great-grandmother Geraldine Smith, all of Palisade. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Wauneta-Palisade High School. She graduated from Colby Community College with an associate of applied science degree as a physical therapy assistant. She is completing her internship at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. The prospective bridegroom is also a graduate of Wauneta-Palisade High School and is attending Goodland Technical College in Goodland, Kan., majoring in engineering. The couple is planning a July 19, 2003, ceremony at the United Methodist Church in Palisade.