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'Blue Out' at football game honor student who died in crash

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ALMA, MI (WNEM) -

The color blue was Hannah Rivard’s favorite.

And it's the same color dozens of students and parents wore tonight to remember her by at Alma High School's football game.

"It's pretty sad. Everyone seems down. It's really taken a toll on us all," said student Braxton Crowley.

Rivard was killed in a fiery car crash on Wednesday in Gratiot County.

At Friday's game, countless blue balloons were released to remember the life lost too soon.

"She was nice, she didn't care what people thought. She brought everyone's spirits up and she was just nice," said student Chase Albaugh.

But despite the tragedy, students throughout the school were keeping with Rivard's theme of raising spirits.

The school's athletic director Eric Huff said the evening's events were planned by the students.

He said they couldn't have rallied together without the help of the community.

"As you can expect, it's been a pretty somber mood. It's been extremely uplifting having all of the community wide support not only from inside of the community, but surrounding communities," Huff said.

And even though they can't bring her back, the tribute of balloons and a moment of silence is the least they could do for someone who her classmates said touched so many.

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