“If you’re gonna tell me that I can’t do something, I’m gonna show you that I can,” says Rosalee Ramer — a claim that she has more than backed up. After learning to drive from her father, professional monster truck driver Kelvin Ramer, Rosalee turned pro herself — at the tender age of fourteen.

Despite being underestimated by some in the monster truck community, Ramer continues to pursue her passion. “The first thing I do is go out and hit anything anyone thinks I can’t hit and then I get to watch them kind of destroy their trucks trying to do one better than me,” says Ramer, who is now attending Georgia Tech, studying mechanical engineering.

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Kathryn Boyd-Batstone is a photojournalist for the Rivard Report. She is a News21 Fellow and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. She has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting and EcoWatch.

Additional production support by Chris Pietsch, Patricia Cordell and Luanne Dietz

This video was a product of Story Arc (Formerly The Portland Workshop) a program sponsored by The University of Oregon School of Journalism and The Agora Journalism Center.