WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (May 10, 2017) – Inan Sikel of South Plainfield is Monmouth University’s 2017 HERO of the Year, a student who exemplifies ‘HERO’ qualities in serving as a safe and sober designated driver for friends and family. Inan’s picture will be displayed on a highway billboard along the N.J. Turnpike.
“Inan provides outstanding service as a designated driver and is saving lives,” said Bill Elliott, founder of the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers. “His example is helping other students understand that designated drivers are the real life of the party.”
Inan was selected from submitted essays by a panel of Monmouth administration, HERO Campaign staff and Robert Panasuk of Howell Township, Monmouth’s 2016 HERO of the Year. The essay details how the he consistently goes the extra mile in serving as a designated driver.
“I don’t do anything for the recognition,” said Sikel. “I would rather my friends and family be safe than have something happen to them.”
First runner-up was Alexandra Baird of Howell Township.
From left are Shadow, the Monmouth University mascot, first runner-up Alexandra Baird, 2017 HERO of the Year, Inan Sikel, and 2016 HERO of the Year, Robert Panasuk.