The object depicted is referred to as the “Captain’s Box” by the members of the Issaquah Dance Team. As the name indicates, the team captain is responsible for the box, which is passed down to the proceeding captain annually. At first glance, the plain exterior is observed as a plastic container with transparent walls, allowing for a glimpse at the items inside. However, the team’s ability to execute its intricate costumes when performing relies heavily on this box. The inner contents are divided into two levels and are separated into compartments. Some of the featured items include bobby pins, hairspray, and cosmetic products such as bronzer and lipstick. These items are frequently used to patch up last-minute details or for emergencies.
Upon close inspection, a folded sheet of white paper is seen stored against one wall in the lower compartment. It contains a letter of advice written by the team captain who created the box during Shelby’s freshman year, addressed to the newly nominated captain, which was Shelby as a senior. The author was Shelby’s primary inspiration and role model, embodying many admirable traits that she strove to foster. The letter and the box itself serve as a representation of Shelby’s development into a responsible leader and teammate. The Dance Team has permanently influenced her perspective as she tackles her academics and future career, especially in group settings. Shelby now has gained confidence to pursue new endeavors with drive and passion, utilizing her relentless work ethic to achieve her goals.
“The Captain's Box,” Objects and Identity, accessed June 18, 2021, http://mattpoland.net/objexhibit/items/show/27.