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Macey Nichter likes to drive big trucks.
Not the tricked-out Chevys and Fords, with lift kits and larger than normal tires. Macey likes the tires to be around 64 inches tall and weight about 700 pounds each.
That’s because Macey likes monster trucks and at 17-years-old, the Wesport resident is the youngest driver in the national Monster X circuit.
“Full size monster trucks like you see on TV crushing cars and vans, I drive that!” Macey said.
Driving monster trucks isn’t just for fun for Macey. It’s an escape from what she’s called “years of bullying” and a way for her to talk about bullying with those younger than her.
The Oldham County High School senior recently spent time at Buckner Elementary speaking about bullying with fourth and fifth graders.
Her main message at her talks, which happen both locally and in other states, is that elementary age students should be the generation that puts an end to bullying.
She encouraged the students to admit if they’re being bullied by someone and if they witness bullying, to tell a teacher, parent or adult so someone can help stop it.
“Go tell someone, a teacher or a parent,” Macey said. “Don’t wait, even if your friend tells you to because they can handle it.”
Macey told the students she had been bullied from their age up until recently, because she didn’t fit in with other groups that well. She was criticized for her interest in dirt bikes, Chuck Taylor shoes and monster trucks, rather than girly things like cheerleading in school.
“I tried cheerleading and they didn’t want me because I didn’t fit in,” she said. “They thought I was different and that girls can’t do what guys do.”
The bullying led Macey to seek counseling, something she isn’t afraid to admit, because the situation was overwhelming.
“I thought I could do it on my own, but I couldn’t,” she said. “So I got help, it’s OK to get help.”
Seeking counseling, plus getting involved in driving monster trucks, has helped the Westport resident regain confidence in her life, she said.
Now, Macey spends most of her summers in states as far away as Montana and Wyoming, doing shows with her Team Beast crew in Monster X.
And it helps her father is along for the ride as a 23-year veteran of monster truck events.
Macey recently graduated from mini monster trucks, hers was the Demolition Diva, to full-sized trucks. Her latest ride is called Heavy Metal.
So far, the OCHS senior has had success, placing first in a few freestyle events and in the top three in racing events.
And as for her days being bullied, those times are past her, Macey said and she hopes younger children will eliminate it altogether.
“(Monster trucks) have been the best thing to happen to me,” she said. “It’s a way to escape, to release everything that has happened to me.”
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