No mystery behind teen’s desire to get laptop


Mexia High School senior Brady Walker checks out the new notebook computer he won Aug. 7 in a writing contest sponsored by Gibbs Memorial Library, of Mexia. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

When 17-year-old Mexia High School senior Brady Walker realized he was going to have to come up with his own financing for a new computer he wanted, he reached inside himself and found a talent he didn’t even realize he had to get the electronic device.

Brady had asked his mom, Genny Lawson, for a new laptop in April, but the family finances just weren’t available.

“We discussed the cost of things, and I told him the best thing for him to do was to figure out how to get one himself,” Lawson said. “Whether he worked to save the money or something else, he needed to purchase his own computer.”

Shortly after that, Lawson was at Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library and saw a notice posted about a writing contest. Entrants would have to write a mystery story of 500 to 1,000 words, and the top three would win a notebook computer with antivirus software, a laptop computer and a Kindle electronic reader, respectively.

Lawson picked up an entry form and suggested Brady enter the contest.

Her son did not immediately respond, however, and the form lay on the dining room table for a while. Then one day she noticed the paper had disappeared.