The first edition of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art featured artwork created in the fall of the 1998-99 school year.
The contest was judged in October of 1998. Calendars were quickly put together and distributed in December 1998 by participating electric cooperatives in Indiana.
The Best of Show was 11th Grade/November winner Jacob Sauer of Bluffton, Ind.
The first contest brought in 6,400 entries. The 1999 calendar was a 14-month calendar and included December 1998 and January 2000 — which meant two winners for first and 12th grades. Honorable mention winners were added with the 2000 calendar.