So, What's Mist?
The Muslim Interscholastic Tournament of Atlanta (MIST) is a fun, educational, interactive program of competitions and workshops designed to bring Muslim and non-Muslim high school students together from around the nation to develop leadership, communication, and other creative skills in order to develop a strong personal identity.
Our mission is to unite high school students together in order to create a growing environment in which leadership, communication, and creative skills are developed all while gaining a more intellectual understanding of Islam. These environments thrive during our annual regional and national tournaments.
MIST: A breakdown
To compete in MIST (Muslim Interscholastic Tournament), students must be:
A high school student (private, public, home school). Thirteen year olds by the first day the tournament, are permitted to compete: write an essay on why you believe you should start competing this year, and email it here.
Of any faith. MIST is a great educational opportunity for anyone who is interested in broadening their socio-environmental knowledge. Our topics and workshops are geared towards developing critical thinking skills while promoting a greater understanding of Islam. At the same time, most competitions surround talents in writing, art, debate, math, research, and so much more - everyone can get involved! MIST encourages people of all different faiths and backgrounds to be a part of their high school MIST team.
No previous Islamic knowledge required. MIST is not only for the brainiacs, but also for the average joe’s who have little or no information about Islam or Muslims but are willing to learn. All you need to have is a desire to increase your knowledge, develop your talents, exercise your creativity, and have fun! Through our invigorating competitions and engaging workshops, we hope to make learning about Islam and Muslims both easy and fun for everyone!
Furthermore, MIST is for high school students who:
- Want to reach out to more Muslims in their high school.
- Are eager to unite the different “groups” of Muslims/Non-Muslims throughout their high school and community.
- Want to start an Islamic educational club (or MSA) in their school and want to attract more members.
- Are interested in taking part in regional and national tournaments as they run into Muslims from different schools and cities (and sometimes, states) at those events.
- Want an opportunity to further understand both their religion as well as increase their social knowledge through workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- Would like to attract both Muslim students who are out of touch with Muslim events as well as Non-Muslim students who do not even know about them.
How do I start a MIST Team?
You can start a MIST Team with at least one Competitor and one Coach. Guests may also register to join your team.
- Everyone on your team should be from the same high school (except Coaches and Guests who are not students).
- For your team, you must also select a team member as Registration In-Charge (Registrar).
- You must have at least one Coach for every ten members of your team who are 18 years old or younger (including Competitors and Guests).
- There are no maximum limits as to how many Competitors, Coaches, or Guests you can have on one team.
- Only one team per school is allowed.
Who can be a Coach?
A coach can be anyone who is at least 21 years of age or older and either a(n):
- Teacher from the high school of the participants.
- Parent of one of the team’s participants.
- Sibling of one of the team's participants.
- Community organizer from the community of the participants.
- Administrator from the high school of the participants.
Who can be a Guest?
Absolutely anybody! Even if you are eligible to be a competitor and just want to attend MIST for the interactive workshops, friendly environment, or the great friends and food, you can register as a Guest and still get all the perks of MIST without the stress of the competitions.
Guests have the option of either affiliating with a team or joining MIST through “General Admission.” However, there are benefits for affiliating with a team:
- Affiliated guests get to help their team with bonus points by attending workshops and participating in extra credit activities throughout MIST weekend.
- Affiliated guests who are under the age of 18 are not required to have their parent/guardian with them during MIST. They can simply fall under the supervision of their official team Coach(es).
Who can be a Registration In-Charge (Registrar)?
From amongst your team’s competitors, coaches, and guests, one responsible individual must be selected to serve as a representative and liaison between your team and MIST. This responsible individual is called a Registration In-Charge, or a Registrar for short. He/she is the contact person for MIST if there are any problems with your team’s registration.