Alexis, 12

7th grade

A meditative, thoughtful chess player, Alexis is one of the highest rated members of the I.S. 318 team. He sees chess, and entrance to one to New York City’s top tier public high schools, as the first step on the road to a promising career that will allow him to support his immigrant parents. But getting into a great school is based on the result of a single exam, and Alexis suffers under the strain of pressure from both outside and within.