On November 8 2005, Emilia Berzins of the Kalamazoo FSC took and passed the Senior Freeskating test, reaching the summit of skating accomplishment. Emilia enrolled in ISIA learn-to-skate midway through her kindergarten year, at age 5-1/2. Two years later she began private lessons, and has been learning from coach Jessica Houk LaPorte since age 10. Emilia is a senior at Mattawan HS this year, and plans to attend college and pursue a career as a pediatric nurse. Emilia is pictured here with her coach Jessica.
Update: And on Nov 12 2006 Emilia passed her Westminster Waltz and Viennese Waltz, completing her Gold Dances and earning her THIRD Gold Medal. Congratulations Emilia!
My sincere congratulations to Emilia on these great accomplishments!!!