HINCKLEY, Maine – The first charter school graduation in Maine history will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, for the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good Will-Hinckley.
Ten seniors will graduate from the high school, which enrolled 46 students in total during its first year in operation as one of Maine’s first two charter schools. The school operates on a year-round calendar.
The graduation will be held in Moody Chapel, campus of Kennebec Valley Community College, adjacent to Good Will-Hinckley/MeANS campus, Route 201, in Hinckley.
The media and members of the public are welcome to attend the graduation, which will include an address by Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen and a keynote speech from acclaimed author and graduate of Good Will-Hinckley Bernd Heinrich. A number of scholarships also will be presented, including the first Mitchell Scholarship to be awarded to a charter school graduate.
Heinrich is a professor emeritus in the biology department at the University of Vermont and is the author of a number of books about biology, behavior, nature and evolution. A record-setting runner, Heinrich may be best known for his book, “Why We Run: A Natural History,” in which he reflects on the sport of running as a scientist and recounts his performance in the 100-kilometer race that kicked off his ultra-marathon career. He graduated from Good Will-Hinckley as part of the Class of 1959.