Green Hornets girls basketball commissioner Adam DeMella presented Colleen Hemmerle with the Joe Gillespie Scholarship Award, given annually to a college-bound Severna Park senior who exemplifies dedication, loyalty, hard work and integrity both inside and outside of athletics.
Hemmerle Receives Joe Gillespie Scholarship Award
On February 12 at halftime of the girls scrub league championship game at Severna Park Middle School, Green Hornets girls basketball commissioner Adam DeMella presented Severna Park High School senior Colleen Hemmerle with the Joe Gillespie Scholarship Award.
The $1,000 scholarship award is named for the late Joe Gillespie, who created the Green Hornets girls basketball program in 1972 and was a devoted volunteer within the Green Hornets organization for more than 40 years. It is given each year to a college-bound Severna Park senior who exemplifies dedication, loyalty, hard work and integrity both inside and outside of athletics.
Hemmerlem, who will attend Clemson University, has participated in Green Hornets athletics since third grade and has played soccer, basketball, softball and lacrosse. She was an avid participant in the increasingly popular girls scrub basketball league, having played in the league in all four years of its existence. Hemmerle has also served as a basketball referee for the younger girls age groups for the last four years, and this season, she coached Green Hornets girls club basketball at the 10/11 age level.
Said DeMella of Colleen Hemmerle, “Young female athletes need smart, strong female role models. They need positive examples to look up to as they develop and realize there are no limits to what they can accomplish if they work hard. Colleen is exactly that type of role model — a smart, strong young woman who sets an example for others to follow. As a player, a referee and a coach, she embodies everything we hope to provide in the Green Hornets girls basketball program.”