The Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference or MIC is a secondary or more commonly used, high school athletic conference based in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area of Indiana. The conference was formed in 1996 in a time when independent schools joined schools with other existing conferences that were reorganizing or splitting up to form new conferences due to the initiation of class basketball. In recent years, the MIC has been recognized nationally as a superior secondaryathletic conference to participate in athletics. The MIC also competes in other areas besides athletics. For example, there is a MIC choir competition and a MIC speech and debate tournament, as well as MIC Academic Challenge.