Wordpress Child theme hard code featured post

In my child theme I want to remove a section and replace it with a Featured Post with text similar to what is found here - http://elegantthemes.com/preview/Extra/ - Top slider with "Womens Fashion in 2015"

Is there a good plugin/shortcode or some way I can accomplish this?  The home page is an index.php template so  need to hardcode this.
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
The home page is an index.php template so  need to hardcode this.

Doubtful.  You can work with any number of plugins that add a widget to replicate that area.  Most slider widgets allow you to specify recent posts OR posts by ID number...

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