Juliette Alday is not your typical seventh grade student. You won’t see her on the softball field or the volleyball court however she doesn’t shy away from hard work. Juliette is a cheerleader for Marianna Middle School, and recently found a new love, horses!
Juliette has always excelled in the classroom, is a joy to her teachers, and administrators but seeks to be equally successful out of the classroom. One obvious path she took, following in her mom, aunt, and uncle’s footsteps was cheering. Uncle Ben Odom cheered for Chipola College for one year and three years at Florida State Seminoles. Mom and Aunt Natasha Odom Phillips cheered two years at Marianna Middle, four years at Marianna High and two years at Chipola.
Juliette was a flyer for four years with All-Star Cheerleading. As a Marianna Middle School cheerleader she has moved to base due to her strength. Juliette made All-American cheer for Marianna Middle.
Last year, she decided she wanted to add something to her daily life. Busy as it was, Juliette felt she had time for something else and she found the perfect match for her-Marshmallow. Marshmallow is an Appaloosa and as with all she undertakes, Juliette has excelled at horse showmanship. She readily admits it’s worth giving up time hanging out with friends to go through the process of training, bathing, brushing, and feeding Marshmallow. In her first 4H competition, her enthusiasm for success came shining through as she took first place in the Stake Race.
Aside from her activities with 4H, Juliette has done rodeos in Blountstown, Quincy, and Dothan prior to her 4H competition. Juliette admits it’s a different arena altogether, “There’s a lot more competition, it’s more fun because it’s more people to go against. Mrs. Katricia (Edenfield) works with us to get us ready.” Juliette says she likes that there is more competition because the wins at the end are more meaningful. She also does competitive ‘fancy’ English riding, both jumping and dressage. Juliette and Marshmallow share another common bond. They are close in age as Juliette turns 13 in March and Marshmallow is 12 years of age.
At Marianna Middle School, she is an above average student and an active member of Beta.
Juliette is the daughter of Joe and April Alday, and has a 16-year old brother, Beau. She is the granddaughter of Butch and Bunny Odom and Jimmy and Maria Alday. His great grandparents are Albert and Elizabeth Alday, Santigo and Rita Utley, Gayle Griggs, Howard and Eunice Odom.