Age Restrictions

In addition to the rules below, students must be between the ages of 13 and 18 by the first day of the tournament to participate in MIST. With the exception of 8th graders and homeschoolers, students may only compete with the school in which they attend.

High school students attending public/private high schools

  1. If you are a high school student attending public or private high school, you may be a competitor in MIST if you are a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.

  2. For those students who attend public/private high schools, you may not join MIST if you have already graduated from high school, regardless of your age.

  3. For those students who have graduated from high school and would like to volunteer their time to help out with MIST, we welcome your offer of help. You can let us know you want to volunteer by emailing us.

Home Schooled Students

The following rules apply ONLY to students who are home schooled:

If you are homeschooled, you can join MIST as long as you do not have your high school diploma or GED and/or you are 17 years of age or younger by the first day of the tournament. For example, if you home school and are taking college level classes to fulfill your graduation requirements or to take the GED, you can join MIST. If you are unsure whether you can join MIST, please email us

Students Younger Than 14

Students who are 13 years of age by the first day of the tournament AND who exhibit a strong sense of maturity and intellect may compete in MIST if they complete a one page essay describing why they want to compete. The essay, written in MS Word or another word process applications, must be EMAILED to no later than the early registration date. The competitor must also include his/her age, date of birth, school s/he attends, MIST team s/he is joining, home address, home phone number, and cell phone number (if applicable) on the top left of the essay. These students cannot join MIST as part of a one-person team. In other words, they must join an already existent team.