Esonica Veira, a sixteen-year-old dancer from the US Virgin Islands, was crowned the most talented teen in the world, and Miss 2005 Hal Jackson's Talented Teens International®, at the Scholarship Program's 35 th anniversary competition, held at the Royale Casino Theater in St. Martin/St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles on July 30, 2005 .
Veira performed a thrilling tribute to Michael Jackson in a specially choreographed dance number set to several of his hit tunes, raced away with the title, beating out 34 other young ladies, ages 13-17, who flew in from various parts of the Caribbean, Canada and the continental United States to compete for such prizes as college scholarships, a diamond ring, and trips abroad to Europe and the Caribbean.
Her favorite subject is English because she enjoys writing and it allows her to utilize her creativity and imagination. She entered Talented Teens because it emphasizes talent and public speaking. She has learned that hardwork and dedication brings positive results. Her motto is, “Think not of what I cannot do, but of what I can achieve. I will be respected if I strive for what I believe.”