Introducing the CIS Class of 2019

Our four seniors were accepted to 24 different schools and were offered more than $1.5 million in scholarships. Read their bios below to learn more about their experiences at CIS and where they’ll attend college in Fall 2019, and click the links to watch their senior videos.



Joanna is the daughter of Dr. Loukas Grafakos and Dr. Suzanne Tourville. She joined CIS in third grade and fondly remembers her time in Ms. Pursifull’s third grade class. “I remember hot chocolate days and popcorn movie days and playing restaurant.”

During her upper school years, Joanna played soccer and volleyball, participated in Model UN, served as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, and traveled to Peru with Be the Change Volunteers. In 2018, Joanna was selected for the Fellows Program, through which she collected stories of immigrant experiences in Columbia. After graduation, Joanna will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study Classics.

Rowan Musick


Rowan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Jessi Musick. He joined CIS in sixth grade, and he says, even then, he appreciated the unique environment of the school. “In sixth grade, I had to play the cello at graduation, and whenever the seniors started speaking it really showed the love they had for the school. Each year, after the seniors gave their speech, I wrote down my own senior speech.”

Rowan has been active in CIS performing arts, including orchestra, Madrigal Choir, chamber choir, and guitar group. He joined the Be The Change Volunteers trips to Peru in 2018 and 2017. An outstanding athlete, Rowan competed in cross country, track and swimming during his upper school years. This fall, he will join the track team at Loyola University Chicago, where he will study environmental engineering.

Kaylee Sayers

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Kaylee is the daughter of Chris and Steve Sayers. Kaylee enrolled in CIS in second grade after Mrs. Sayers joined the school faculty. During her upper school years, she has participated in basketball and volleyball, and was selected to attend the Missouri Leadership Seminar. She has achieved a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Among her many accomplishments, Kaylee was selected for a CIS fellowship and created the Lionheart Program, in which upper school students are matched with lower school students in a mentoring relationship. “It’s really rewarding to see the friendships that have grown between the upper school and lower school students who participate.” This fall, Kaylee will attend St. Michael’s College in Vermont, where she will major in English.

Jasmine Walker


Jasmine is the daughter of Mr. Raymond Walker and Dr. Laine Young-Walker. A Lion since kindergarten, Jasmine says she knows how much all of her teachers care about her, even years after she left their classrooms. “(Kindergarten teacher) Mrs. Bailey visited us in fifth grade to see us again and said, “Oh my goodness, you are growing up, and I still love you so much.”

During her years at CIS, Jasmine has been active in many sports, clubs, performing arts and volunteer activities. She founded and directed the Glee Club, served as Student Council President during her senior year, and participated in Model UN, National Honor Society, Yearbook Club, and a Be The Change Volunteers trip to Peru. She recently earned a black belt in karate, which she has been practicing since age seven.

Jasmine was named to the Columbia Business Times’ 20 Under 20 list in 2019. She will attend the University of Richmond, where she will study business administration and pre-med.