Ensign Intermediate School's gym fell silent Friday as classmates, friends and family gathered to commemorate Madison "Maddy" Boutelle.
The 13-year-old Newport Beach resident suffered a brain aneurysm at a friend's birthday party June 8 and died Tuesday at Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Dozens of Maddy's friends jumped at the opportunity to speak, many saying she will always be remembered for her smile and positive attitude.
"I think the biggest thing was that she was always happy," said Kira Ellis, 14, Maddy's best friend. "She never got mad at people, even if they were really annoying. She was always in the best mood and put everyone else in the best mood."
Kira and a group of Maddy's closest friends arranged the ceremony. The service included a video presentation by Maddy's peers and the school faculty. The videos, one of which Kira made, included various photos of Maddy accompanied by her favorite song, "Everywhere I Go," by Lissie.