Miss Jems Wilson
Coach Intermediate Team, Assistant Coach Juniors and Novice Team
The entire Wilson family has been part of Jazzicals from the very beginning, and
Jems was a member of the first Jazzicals team in 1988.  She was in one of Coach
Michaela’s first Learn To Skate classes at the Cary Ice House, and decided at a
young age to be “just like Coach Michaela.”  For the next ten years, Jems was a
member of Jazzicals teams, and was the founder of the Icepack, a Collegiate team
from North Carolina State University.  Currently Jems coaches the Intermediate
Jazzicals team and helps coach Juniors and Novices.  As one of a small number of
African-American ice skating coaches, Jems was invited to become a member of the
United States Skating Organization’s Minority Skaters’ Committee, which has the
goal of promoting ice skating sports among minorities.

A gifted singer and actress, Jems will graduate from NC State in 2002 with a double
major in Voice Performance and Music Education.  Her musical credits include lead
roles in musicals in various Raleigh community theaters, high school and college
musicals, and the role of the mother in a Southern tour of the classic holiday opera,
Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Jems also performs with various jazz and classical
choirs in Raleigh, and was recently selected to intern at the Metropolitan Opera in
New York City.  She is a volunteer with her church Outreach Committee and for
several years has produced and directed a musical revue featuring children from the
inner city of Raleigh.

Coach Jems loves all ice skating disciplines, but her first love is synchronized
skating because it teaches skaters team skills that are useful outside the ice rink
and it helps skaters make friends that eventually turn into synchro sisters and