Jessica Davis Ramsey
#14, Hello, Mallory
FF #1, Everything Changes
Oakley, New Jersey
#14, Hello, Mallory
FF #1, Everything Changes
Jessica "Jessi" Davis Ramsey is a Junior Officer in the Baby-sitters Club. Mallory Pike is the other Junior Officer and her best friend. She made her first appearance in Book #14, Hello, Mallory and made her final regular appearance in Baby-sitters Club: Friends Forever Super Special #1 Everything Changes. Jessi makes a cameo in Graduation Day.
- 1 Personal Info
- 2 Baby-Sitting and Club Experiences
- 3 School-Related Experiences
- 4 Social Activities
- 5 Ballet Experiences
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Media Portrayals
- 8 Gallery
- Birthday is June 30
- Current address is 612 Fawcett Avenue
- Jessi narrates books: #16, #22, #27, #36, #42, #48, #55, #61, #68, #75, #82, #103, #115
Five feet, two inches tall and tall for her age in Mallory and the Trouble with Twins. Jessi is black, beautiful, long-legged, thin, and graceful. She has huge dark brown eyes with long lashes. Jessi moves gracefully no matter what's she's doing.
Jessi got her ears pierced with Mallory. She needs braces but has yet to get them. She has a white sweatshirt that says ABT (American Ballet Theatre). She typically wears dance-inspired or other various forms of casual clothing. She does not not wear a bra. Similarly to Mallory, she's not allowed to wear miniskirts. She wears size 6 shoes. Jessi wears glasses for reading in Hello, Mallory.
Terrible letter writer and is very good at languages. In Mary Anne in the Middle she can be rather cold and mean when she wants to be. She is also shown to be loyal to her friends.
In Stacey's Movie she says that sometimes she thinks that her Stoneybrook friends will be bored if she goes on about dance. With her dance friends she can talk with forever about stuff like steps and jumps. Jessi also says that it can be a strain being a minority in Stoneybrook. With Mallory gone she is aware that she stands out more and has to be on her best behavior. She also says that she feels more relaxed with her friends in New York City. Jessi really does love her friends that she has.
Jessi was born in Oakley, New Jersey at Oakley General Hospital. There are more black people in her old neighborhood and school then there are in Stoneybrook and more mixed. She went to Oakley Elementary. She used to pretend that she and Becca were twins. Used to say "Rabbit, Rabbit" on the first day of the month for good luck, but nothing happened when she stopped saying it.
Jessi used to live in Oakley, New Jersey (where she was born) but moved to Stoneybrook, Connecticut because her father was transferred to his company's Connecticut office in Stamford, the city closest to Stoneybrook. The Ramseys moved into the house that Stacey McGill lived in on Fawcett Avenue. Later on, her Aunt Cecelia moves in. Jessi and her family went through a rough time when they first moved to Stoneybrook because they were black, and there were few black people in Stoneybrook.
Neighbors were mean to them, and they all had trouble making friends. Jessi had never experienced that before. Her old neighborhood had a mix of white and black people, and everyone got along. Prejudice was something new to her. Unfortunately, she runs into another prejudiced family in Book #56 Keep Out, Claudia!. In spite of this, eventually, the Ramseys are accepted in Stoneybrook. The BSC is the first place in Stoneybrook, besides Mal's house, where Jessi feels completely accepted.
Jessi's primary passion is ballet dancing, which she started when she was four years old. It is unknown where she studied ballet in New Jersey, but she studies under Madame Noelle at Stamford Ballet School. She spent some time in New York City studying under David Brailsford. Brailsford made an offer to Jessi for her to move to New York City and study ballet full time, but she turned it down, saying she preferred to wait until she was older but she still wanted to do ballet.
Later, while on a school trip to Europe, Jessi meets up with some of Brailsford's troupe. Since one of the stars was unable to perform, Jessi stepped in and danced with the troupe. Jessi has danced in several of her dance school's productions, such as Coppelia and Swan Lake. When Jessi grows up, she would like to either be a professional dancer or a dance teacher. She often gets up early to practice at the barre in her basement.
Jessi also briefly competed as a synchronized swimmer where she won a local medal with her partner.
In Graduation Day, Jessi was going to spend the summer on a world ballet tour. She was going to be travel eight countries. She was at the final BSC meeting in the book.
Her room has ballet posters, stuffed animals, a collection of ceramic horses, and books.
- Favorite authors are:
- Marguerite Henry
- Lynn Hall
- Her favorite book is Impossible Charlie.
- Sitting with her family at dinner
- Endless gum-wrapper chains
- Junk food
- Synchronized Swimming
- Misha Baryshnikov (ballet dancer)
- Green Peppers
Baby-Sitting and Club Experiences
Jessi is not allowed to babysit in the evenings, except for her siblings. She sometimes gets the look from Kristy because she's occasionally late for meetings on Friday after ballet class. Jessi loves watching babies, even likes to change their diapers.
Mrs. Braddock teaches Jessi some American Sign Language before she sits for Matt Braddock, who is deaf. She usually sits for Matt because she knows sign language better than the other BSC members. Marnie Barrett "has a huge crush on her these days" in Kristy's Worst Idea.
She shows an entrepreneurial spirit when she and Mallory start the Kids Incorporated club in Book #14, Hello, Mallory, although it didn't last very long. Jessi sits for Jackie Rodowsky as a test to join the BSC. Her first steady babysitting job is for Matt and Haley Braddock. She volunteers for Mr. Katz's Kids Club at SES when Ms. Simon goes away for a month in Jessi's Wish. Jessi hosts the BSC in her room in Jessi's Wish.
Jessi was a new student in Mal's sixth grade homeroom. Her homeroom teacher is Mrs. Frederickson. She's in Mal's eighth-period science class. She and Mal have Ms. Walden for gym class, who takes them to the community pool complex for swim lessons during class. She has gym on Mondays and Wednesdays. Jessi has only ever missed class for synchronized swimming.
She is an assistant choreographer/dance captain for the Sixth Grade Follies. She becomes the sixth-grade correspondent for the SMS Express and assistant choreographer for the Peter Pan production.
She is the only black girl in sixth grade; one of about six black kids at SMS. She and Mallory have a different lunch period from the rest of the club members.
She goes by herself to the Halloween Hop in Kristy's Mystery Admirer and the school's spring dance in Stacey's Big Crush. She goes to the Valentine's Dance and Spring Dance at the community center with Curtis Shaller. Jessi dresses as a cow girl for the Mischief Night Masquerade. She goes with friends to the Valentine's Day Dance in Abby's Un-Valentine.
Jessi has two best friends - one in New Jersey and one in Stoneybrook. Her best friend from New Jersey, Keisha, made her first appearance in Book #16 Jessi's Secret Language. Her best friend in Stoneybrook is Mallory Pike.
She meets Quint Walter at the Lincoln Center in New York, New York! when he was sitting next to her at a production of Swan Lake. He gives her her first kiss. They write to each other until the figured that they were too young to be in a relationship in Jessi's Big Break. Now they are just friends.
She likes Curtis Shaller and has gone to two dances with him.
She goes back to Oakley to visit Keisha, but finds her and Oakley to be very different. Hawaii is the farthest away from home she's ever been. Jessi and her family have been to Mexico in Jessi's Secret Language.
Jessi always wakes up before he alarm clock at 5:29 am and she gets up to practice every morning. She goes to the Stamford Ballet School and learns under Madame Noelle in advanced classes. Classes are every Tuesday and Friday. It's a tougher class then the one she had in Oakley. Her schools is considered to be one of the best schools on the East Coast, not counting the professional ones in NYC.
Jessi is the youngest and newest girl in her class of twelve girls. She can dance en pointe.
In Jessi's Big Break she gets accepted into the Dance NY program after she had auditioned for it. She nearly accepted a full time position but decided not to take it.
She knows that being a professional would be difficult and hard work. In Jessi's Secret Language she mentions she doesn't plan on becoming a professional dancer. She does dream of it and wants to by Mallory and the Trouble with Twins.
In Everything Changes, she is in a special ballet program every morning that summer with Madame Noelle. With encouragement she tries out for a new ballet school in Stamford; The Stamford Ballet Society. It is on par with the American Ballet School in New York City. Jessi gets in and this results in her dropping out of the club.
- Clara in The Nutcracker Suite in Hello, Mallory
- Swanilda in Coppelia in Jessi's Secret Language
- Swan Maiden in a professional production of Swan Lake in Jessi and the Superbrat
- Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty in Jessi and the Dance School Phantom
- Only two people call her by her full first name; they are her Aunt Cecelia and her ballet teacher, Madame Noelle.
- Would name her daughter Mary Rose
- If she could be any animal she would be a horse.
- In Graduation Day she mentions that she just wants one kid.
- Jessi's a "terrible letter-writer in book 16.
- She doesn't mind volleyball in Mallory Hates Boys (and Gym).
- Her singing voice is apparently "so bad it peels wallpaper."
She is played by Zelda Harris.
She is played by actress Anais Lee. In the books she is introduced in Hello, Mallory, but in this show she is first introduced in Hello, Camp Moosehead! Part 1 (Web Series Episode).