Making a Star Out of You

March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 7:39 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 7:39 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Imagine meeting the stars of 'Dancing with the Stars'.

"I found out I was going to New York City to Max and Val and Tony's dance studio, called Dance With Me. I got to go to the studio to interview them," Francesca Harvey said.

Student Francesca Harvey is part of the 'Live Starring You' program at Mount St. Mary's Academy. She said she learned the key to interviewing the stars.

"That's one of the biggest things I learned is that the people I'm interviewing are just regular people. You want to be calm because they are not going to want to take the time if you can't even talk to them," Harvey said.

That is just one aspect of the entertaining journalism business 'Live Starring You' teaches. Mount St. Mary's Academy Teacher Tim O'Shei started the entire program.

"We thought it would be neat for kids to meet people in the spotlight and fight out what that's about," O'Shei said.

Students also met dozens of other famous people, including Heather Morris from the hit show Glee. Many of these students like Madison Cichocki want to go into journalism as their career.

"It definitely gives you confidence on the camera and gives you a feel for what it's like on camera," Cichocki said.

Student Natalie Brophy agrees.

"It gives you hands on experience. I don't know to many other juniors in high school that have interview celebrities and then had their stories published," Brophy said.

The stories go on the website, along with the edited video. Some students are even writing for other publications.

"Helps them get their feet in the water and it helps them figure out what they do. It also helps them see the world," Student Marielle Buffamonte said.

Francesca not only got an interview but she also got a dance less and something a bit more. She received a kiss on the cheek, making the experience one she will never forget.