Pobo, 12

7th grade

A charismatic student and natural politician, Pobo emerges as a big brother figure and leader to the other chess team members. Dubbing himself “Pobama,” the ambitious 12-year-old mounts a campaign to become president of the school, with the goal of restoring budget cuts that threaten I.S. 318?s afterschool programs, including chess. Driven by the memory of his late father, Pobo confronts challenges with a single-minded focus on success, teamwork and character.