WINTERS - Students from Winters Elementary showed their stuff - from dancing to singing and more - during the first ever Winters Elementary Talent Show on Friday, March 9.

WINTERS - Students from Winters Elementary showed their stuff - from dancing to singing and more - during the first ever Winters Elementary Talent Show on Friday, March 9.

Parents, friends, loved ones, teachers and students packed the high school auditorium for the first ever event organized, arranged and performed totally by the students.

The event was the brainchild of fifth grader Jaleena Romero, who went to principal Kari Calcote before Christmas and asked if a talent show was possible.

“She said we had lots of talent here and she was right,” Calcote said. “I told her if she wanted to take on planning and organizing the event, she could do so.”

Calcote said the event went right along with the school’s “The Leader In Me” program implemented this year.

“This is what leadership is all about,” Calcote said.

Romero started seriously planning the event on January 9 and she held registration drives and developed the rules and guidelines for the event and the performances.

“I really had fun doing it,” Romero said.

There were four dance troupes who performed to a variety of tunes with the performers ranging from first through fifth grades. In addition, there were singing groups, duos and lone entrants who performed everything from the Jackson 5’s “ABC” to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Most of the students had recorded music playing behind the, but several were accompanied and cheered on by Winters ISD music teacher Fran Kidwell.

“I helped some, but the students really did everything,” Kidwell said. “I’m so proud of them.”

The winners included second graders Mason Calcote, Braden Hoppe, Josh Jimenez, Landon Anderson and Steven Rodriguez, who won first place and danced to “Watch Me Dance” and “The Macarena; third grader Cora Leigh Hatter, who won second place for her performance of “A Million Dreams,” and fourth grader Angel Sanchez who performed “Hallelujah” accompanied by Mrs. Kidwell.

The talent show was considered a Blizzard Pride event and all of the participants received gift cards from The Crossing Travel Market.

Calcote said she was looking forward making this an annual event, especially since there was so much community and school support.

“It is hard to get up in front of the whole school and do this,” she said. “They did a fabulous job.”