Sojka, Albright to wed

Thomas Free Albright and Laura Merrifield Sojka
Dr. Gregory S. and Dr. Jane R. Z. Sojka of Cincinnati, Oh. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Merrifield, to Thomas Free Albright, son of the late Mr. John T. “Jack” Albright and Mrs. Nancy A. Sparks of Van Wert, Ohio.

Miss Sojka was a graduate and valedictorian of Gallia Academy High School in 2004, received her BA magna cum laude from Ohio University in 2008, her MA from Ohio University in 2010, and her MPA from the University of Alabama in 2012. She is presently employed by the University of Alabama, where she teaches and conducts research while completing her PhD in Political Science and her MA in Women’s Studies.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Ziegler of Columbus, Ind. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Sojka of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Mr. Albright was a graduate of Van Wert High School in 2005, received his BA from Ohio University in 2009, and his MA from the Ohio State University in 2012, where he received a full fellowship. He is currently employed by Sumter Central High School as a high school social studies teacher and a member of the Teach for America in Alabama. Following his tenure with the program, he plans on returning to school to earn his PhD in History.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Schroeder of Columbus Grove, Ohio. and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Albright of Van Wert, Ohio.

The couple plans to marry at Old Calvary Church in Sandusky, Ohio on Aug. 10, 2013 with a reception at the bride’s family’s boat club immediately following the ceremony. The couple will continue to reside in Greene Co., Alabama following the nuptials.