Senior Profiles

2018 Senior Profiles 



Alexis Burks

Alexis Burks is the daughter of Amy and Danny Burks, and the sister to Wyatt Burks. She has attended Columbia Independent School since kindergarten, so she has been here for thirteen years. Alexis has also played softball and Rock Bridge High School through co-op with MSHSAA, so she was able to stay at CIS. Alexis has also participated in basketball and track in middle school, as well as track, tennis and volleyball in high school. Alexis will stay in Columbia, MO as she is attending the University of Missouri to continue her education and softball career.


Lillian Boyd 

Lillian Boyd’s parents are Gary and Cindy Boyd. She has attended CIS since the first grade, and both of her sisters attended CIS. She has been involved in Model UN, frisbee club, soccer, student council, and competed for CIS in state cross country. She traveled with CIS to Peru in 2017 with the Be The Change program to volunteer. She plans on attending Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia in the fall to study business.




Emma Briner

Emma Briner, daughter of Eric and Jennifer Briner, has been a member of the CIS family since kindergarten. Throughout her academic career, Emma has participated in multiple extracurricular activities including: Cross Country, Soccer, Track, Tennis, Science Olympiad, and Model UN. Emma has also been heavily involved in the arts program, with Madrigal Choir, Jazz Band, Poetry Out Loud, as well as multiple plays, including one she directed herself, Julius Caesar. She has finished out her involvement in school as the president of student council and president of writing club. Emma, who is involved in multiple worship teams for her church and participated in the Be the Change trip to Peru 2017, has been inspired to take a gap year. She will participate in a nine-month mission trip to Thailand, Malaysia, Costa Rica and Ecuador, starting next fall. She will then continue her education by attending the University of Missouri to study elementary education in the fall of 2019.



Anushah Choudhry

Anushah Choudhry, the daughter of Javed Choudhry and Aneela Khan, has attended CIS since 8th grade. During her time at CIS, she has been involved in many CIS activities including Student Council, Interact Club, Writing Club, and Yearbook Club. She was also a volunteer of the Summer 2017 Be The Change Trip to Peru. Anushah has a 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo and has been doing this sport for over 10 years. She has traveled throughout the country and the world (South Korea 2016) to compete in many taekwondo competitions. Anushah was also the recipient of the Pride in Performance Award given by the University of Missouri IMET Center. In the fall, Anushah will attend the University Of Missouri, in Columbia, MO where she plans to study Health Science (Pre-professional) in the School Of Health Professions on a Pre-Med track.  


Steven McClary

Steven McClary has attended CIS since the 8th grade. Son of Kevin McClary and CIS Teacher Lisa McClary, Steven has been involved in activities including Science Olympiad, Shakespeare, Madrigal Choir, Model United Nations, and has been a player and assistant coach for the CIS Academic Bowl team. In the fall, he will attend Truman State University where he plans to study History with an emphasis on education.