"People always say, 'Don't take life for granted you never know, blah, blah, blah,'" says one student. "But it didn't really hit until [Maddie's dad] told us all Maddie wanted was to be 16 years old. I mean, I just flew through my 16th birthday like it was another day. … I haven't even met her [Maddie] and I feel like I know her. She's the bravest little girl ever. She's younger than me and she's someone I look up to."