What is MIST?
Muslim Interscholastic tournament, or MIST for short, is a series of various competitions for high school students. Founded in 2001 by freshman Shazia Siddiqui at the University of Houston, she saw the need for a program to guide high school students in their academic and personal life. How do you create a tournament concerning both academics and Islam? In theory, the ideal tournament would combine different academic aspects, including writing, art, basketball, debate, and community service with an Islamic twist. In May 2001, she presented her idea to various backgrounds of the Houston community, including the MSA board at the University of Houston. Soon enough, the first MIST was held in 2002, with approximately 150 students from Houston, Austin, and Dallas attending. Due to the major success, MIST ventured out of Texas into 13 new regions to become what it is today, with thousands of high school participants nationwide.
MIST is a two tiered, three-day tournament, first kicking off with regionals and then going on to nationals. Regions include New York, Toronto, Houston, DC, Atlanta, Berkeley, Irvine, Nashville, Richmond, Philadelphia, Orlando, Detroit, Chicago, and Boston. Each school which wants to compete at MIST regionals starts off by forming a team that represents various competitions. The more competitions a school wins, the more points they earn and the higher the chance they have at a regional trophy. In addition, the top 4 competitors per competition get to represent their region and school for that competition at MIST Nationals. Stuyvesant High School first competed at MIST in 2009 as “The Empire Untouchables”, and our team name starting from 2010 has been “Noor Al-Stuy,” aka the “Light of Stuy. Placing third overall school in 2009, we went on to place first in 2010, first in 2011, second in 2012 and 2013, first in 2014, second in 2015, and first once again in 2016! Our team has been getting bigger and bigger, coming from around 15 in 2009 to a whopping 80 in 2015. The MIST experience is unforgettable, win or lose. Aside from the traditional competitions, MIST has featured workshops with various speakers discussing topics related to the theme for the year, hosted pre-MIST events including pep rallies and basketball exhibitions to hype up the real tournament, hosted gender-separated talent shows, awarded brownie points for most spirit, best dressed, etc. Not only will you get to bond with your fellow StuyMSA members, you’ll be able to meet other MSAs across the city and nation. You’re highly encouraged to help us get a two-peat for the 2017 tournament!
Joining NOOR AL-STUY AT MIST
Our team, Noor Al-Stuy, recruits 3-4 months before MIST. A sign-up sheet will be passed around during a MIST Interest meeting. We will announce when we’ll hold the MIST interest meeting. To join, come by during a MIST Interest meeting and sign up. If you missed a MIST meeting, send any of the board members an email.
To find more about MIST, you can:
- Visit the MIST Nationals website at www.getmistified.com
- Visit the MIST NY website at www.getmistified.com/newyork
- Check out the MIST photos and videos under Creativity Corner on this website
- Ask any of the previous MIST members/drop by for our annual MIST Interest Meeting!
The MSA also provides congregational prayer services, including Zuhr & Jumuah (Fridays). Every day during 8th period, a group of brothers and sisters goes down to our newly designated prayer area on the 1st floor behind the theater at the far end of the hall. Prayer starts at 1:50 and Khutbah for Jumuah starts at 1:35. Interested members have the option to reserve 8th Period Religious Lunch on their schedule so that once they gain it they will have this lunch period to pray for the rest of their years at Stuyvesant. The way to do this is simple: head to your guidance counselor and request it from him/her.
We also participate in the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST), an annual team competition for high school Muslim clubs throughout New York City, and subsequently on a national scale. School wide events, such as lectures held in a lecture hall, are also held when available.
We are also part of the Stuyvesant UNITY Alliance, SPARK, with clubs such as Stuy Black Students League, Stuy BuildOn, Stuy Cancer Society, Stuy Free Hugs, ASPIRA, Stuy Peer Partnership, Stuy Red Cross, Students Take Resolute Initiative to Vindicate the Environment, etc. We are willing to help and network with other clubs and their initiatives as much as we can to bring awareness towards the significance of diversity within our school.
“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.” (Qur’an 3:104)