Another Triangle resident, Martin Johnson, 26, of Chapel Hill, was among the seven top finalists for the contest and also traveled to Washington for the ceremony.
Johnson proposed a three-step plan for national health care in 30 years by digitizing medical records and starting a single-payer system for children and young adults that will, as those people age, bring the whole population into a single-payer plan. Johnson, a freelance writer for The News & Observer, graduated in August with a master's degree in folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill. He was interested in national health care because he left health insurance behind when he left the university.
To read the entries by Hester, Johnson and the other finalists, go to www.sinceslicedbread.com.