Oestmann From Farm, but
She's no Farm Girl
Hope Oestmann grew up on the family farm just five miles south of Arkansas City, in extreme northern Kay County. She participated in 4-H and helped out on the farm, but that doesn’t mean she’s a farm girl.
Oestmann, the daughter of Ruth Ann and Gerell Oestmann of Newkirk, Okla., is an art major at Cowley. She’s been a member of the Lady Tiger softball team two years, holds a work-study job in the Financial Aid office, and works part-time at Maurice’s in Ponca City. Her father farms and works for the soil conservation service office in Newkirk. Her mother is an abstractor for Security Abstract in Newkirk. Her brother Cody, 23, works in Ponca City. Oestmann is aunt to 1 1/2-year-old Tally, and is the granddaughter of Leila Oestmann and Frank and Betty Horinek, all of Newkirk.
Oestmann is more used to the rough and tumble world of fast-pitch softball than all of the things expected of Queen Alalah. Still, she said the experience was a lot of fun. “I used to come to Arkalalah all the time when I was little,” she said, “but never to the coronation. When I was younger, the parade was fun, then I grew into liking the carnival. Now, it’s the food and all of the people.”
Oestmann considers herself laid back and easy going. She said she likes being around people, but she’s not into public speaking. Oestmann was a utility player for the Lady Tiger softball team as a freshman. She pitched some, was a backup at second base, and saw some action as an outfielder. This season, she’s looking to be the starting second baseman.
It was softball that helped Oestmann decide on Cowley. “I had a choice to make between Cowley and NOC (Northern Oklahoma College),” Oestmann said. “I knew Cowley’s softball program was better, and I was dating a guy from here. And it’s closer to home. I live a mile into Oklahoma.” Oestmann also knew several Cowley players after playing on a travel team from the Arkansas City area. “I played for Larry Anstine, and he always wanted me to come here,” she said. Thus far, Oestmann is happy with her choice of schools. “I’ve liked it,” she said. “It’s made me feel at home. Last year I was in the dorms, but this year I’m living at home. All of the people are really friendly and treat you well. And I’ve learned a lot, including how to study on my own.”
Oestmann participates in intramurals at Cowley, is into collectibles, particularly Boyd’s Bears, and likes spending time with family and friends. And when she has time, she likes to paint. “My mom always painted when I was little, shirts and saws, and wooden chairs,” Oestmann said. “I always helped her out on that. I always doodle anyway in class. In high school, I got into art. I’d like to go into interior design, but I like art, too. It’s kind of a leisure thing. I like to paint in my spare time.”Oestmann has an oil painting of a nature scene, but she said she prefers watercolors. “I like flowers and nature scenes,” she said. “I’m not into painting people.”
Oestmann said if further study in interior design doesn’t work out, she’d like to study radiology. “I’m kind of undecided right now,” she said. “It’s between interior design and becoming a radiology technician. I think radiology would be a lot of fun because you’ll see people, and it won’t be the same job every day. And you’re always taking x-rays, but different types. And you can always move up from technician.” If she were transferring today, Oestmann said she’d go to the University of Kansas.
Oestmann credits her mother as being most influential in her life, because “she’s always worked hard for what she has. She’s been a positive influence.” Oestmann said she’s become more responsible since graduating from Newkirk High School. “I’ve grown up a lot,” she said. “I work two jobs now, and trying to juggle that with softball and school work is a load sometimes.”