The Mashpee Middle-High School Class of 2021 is the second—and, with luck, the last—group of students to have its graduating year directly affected by COVID-19. Our hearts go out to them as well as their teachers, fellow students and families.

This is not the carefree capstone year that many of the students had anticipated. Yet, like any other year, it has been filled with incredible achievements worth celebrating and important personal stories worth sharing.

To give these students some of the acknowledgment and positive attention they are due, we have partnered with the Mashpee Public Schools to start two new regular features in the Mashpee Enterprise: our weekly Senior Spotlight profiles and our Student Viewpoints columns.

Our goal with the Senior Spotlights is to feature each of the roughly 115 students before Graduation Day in June. It will be like a public preview to the school’s yearbook.

The Student Viewpoints columns will center primarily around how individual students have adjusted to life during the pandemic, but some students will choose to focus on other subjects as well. The contributors will be from Mashpee Middle-High School and Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. We are proud to have these young people share their voices and perspectives on our editorial page.

Thank you for reading these pieces and for helping us recognize the Class of 2021!

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