The state’s first charter school, the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, held its fifth graduation — its fourth as a charter school — as 12 students received diplomas at the Moody Chapel on the school’s campus at Good Will-Hinckley in Fairfield Saturday.

“(The class of 2016) took hold of the opportunities here and made them work. They connected with teachers and advisers to get a better sense of their interests, their capacities, and their connection to the larger community,” said Emmanuel Pariser, director of instruction and education program designer for the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences in a news release Friday. “They represent the incredible diversity that comprises the MeANS community, and we are proud of them for following their own personal vision for a meaningful future.”