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Emily Kaegi at the podium during the Moby Dick Readathon recently at Mount Greylock High School.
Mount Greylock's Steven O'Brien uttered the famous opening line,'Call me Ismael,' kicking off the Moby Dick Readathon. Students completed the daunting task in less than 24 hours. (Photo ERIK SOKOLOWSKI)
It was certainly a daunting task, reading Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick' in 24 hours, but Mount Greylock students, under the watchful eye of educator Trudy Ames, were able to complete the task in less than 24 hours. Most, if not all, had already taken time in class to read the epic tale of the white whale. And according to 11th-grader Caleb Raymond,'The readathon just seemed like a really fun, enjoyable event to break up the regularity of the school schedule.' Evelyn Mahon said she was drawn to the Readathon because it is ‘a legend of AP 11 English,' while others thought it would be a great class bonding experience. The hardest part of the Moby Dick Readathon, Raymond said, was 'staying awake.
Josh Kisson, left, and Katelin Marchand relax while listening to 'Moby Dick.' (Photo ERIK SOKOLOWSKI)
I was fine until five or six in the morning, but after being awake for 24 hours straight, it's almost impossible to keep from nodding off.'
Heather Tomkowitz, left, and Jenna Terio read along at the Moby Dick Readathon. (Photo ERIK SOKOLOWSKI)
Kelsey Hebert, left, and Emily Rudde follow along at the recent Moby Dick Readathon. (Photo ERIK SOKOLOWSKI)
Heather Tomkowitz, center, and Katelin Marchand, right, take a break for some extracurricular activities during the Moby Dick Readathon. (Photo ERIK SOKOLOWSKI)
Erin Dodig at the podium reading from 'Moby Dick.' (Photo ERIK SOKOLOWSKI)