Mrs. Sharyn Schoenstadt and the late Howard Schoenstadt of Edgewater Park, N.J.; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Simmons of Columbia, Md., (all formerly of Philadelphia; and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Silverbook of Philadelphia announce the engagement of their children, Brandi Samantha Simmons and Alexander Marshall Silverbook.

    Brandi graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in political science and communications. She also holds a master's degree in political management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she works for the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    Alex graduated from Penn State University with a degree in music education, and holds a master's degree in instrumental music from the University of Maryland. He is currently the instrumental director at Sherwood High School for the Montgomery County School District in Maryland.

    Brandi and Alex, friends as teenagers, reunited in Rome by chance when Brandi was studying abroad in her junior year of undergraduate school and Alex was visiting on a college graduation trip.

    Brandi is the granddaughter of Mrs. Mildred Lewis and the late Sid ("Shep") Lewis, and the late Bernard and Belle Simmons. Alex is the grandson of Mrs. Dorothy Silverbook and the late Samuel Silverbook, and the late Marilyn and Barney Krantz.

    The couple, who lives in Rockville, Md., is planning a July wedding.