2017 Competitions Rulebook

If you’ve participated in MIST previously, you will notice the following important changes:

  • Group competitions minimum team requirement has been reduced to 1 competitor

  • MIST Competitor Guidelines have been included

  • Minor changes to other rules and ballots

This year's Knowledge Test books are:

  1. Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  3. We Too Sing America by Deepa Iyer
  4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This year’s MIST Bowl topics are*:
Topic I – Crime, Justice, and the Politics of Mass Incarcerations (the documentary "13th" available on Netflix) 
Topic II – Contemporary Conflicts
Topic III – The Middle East: History, Economy, and Culture
Topic IV – The Muslim Influence Part 2
Topic V – The Ayyubid Empire
Topic VI – Current Events (Starting January 1st, 2017)

Other competitions that require topics*:
Original Oratory/Prepared Essay

*MIST Bowl, Original Oratory, Prepared Essay, and Debate Topics will be posted soon.



Category I: Knowledge and Quran

  1. Knowledge Tests
  2. Quran Memorization

Category II: Arts

  1. 2D Art
  2. 3D Art
  3. Fashion Design
  4. Graphic Design
  5. Photography
  6. Culinary Arts 

Category III: Writing and Oratory

  1. Extemporaneous Essay
  2. Extemporaneous Speaking
  3. Original Oratory
  4. Poetry
  5. Prepared Essay
  6. Short Fiction
  7. Spoken Word

Category IV: Bracket Competitions

  1. Debate
  2. Math Olympics
  3. MIST Quiz Bowl
  4. Improv

Category V: Group Projects

  1. Business Venture
  2. Nasheed/Rap
  3. Community Service
  4. Science Fair
  5. Short Film
  6. Social Media

Category VI: Sports

  1. Brothers Basketball
  2. Sisters Basketball

Each team can only have two competitors compete in each competition, except for Group Projects and each competitor can only compete in one competition in each category. Every competitor that competes in basketball must also compete in at least one other competition.

Culinary Arts Ballot

Early Submission Deadline Dates:

March 5th → Science Fair Abstract, Community Service Abstract, Business Venture Proposal

March 12th → Poetry, Prepared Essay, Short Fiction, Short Film, Social Media, Graphic Design