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Nicki Minaj Principal For A Day At Collins Academy On Chicago's West Side (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 05/21/11 12:52 PM ET Updated: 07/21/11 06:12 AM ET

Nicki Minaj has played a lot of roles in her young career. She's rapped and sung using "alter-ego" characters like Harajuku Barbie and Roman Zolanski; she's also a self-described "young female mogul" as a member of the Young Money crew, and has even been painted as a sort of spokesperson for the LGBT community in hip-hop.

Now, she can add another title to that roster: high school principal.

Minaj participated in the Get MotivatED Challenge, an initiative of the Get Schooled foundation that is attempting to use media, technology and pop culture to drive up attendance rates at schools around the country.

To that end, Minaj, joined by MTV's Sway, surprised the students at Collins Academy High School on Chicago's West Side by showing up and serving as principal for a day. She handed out $10,000 scholarships, helped teach a freshman English class, and held an all-school assembly talking about her youth and the importance of education, and fielding questions from the students.

Collins was awarded with a visit from Minaj after increasing its attendance rates by 7 percent fo the six weeks of the Get MotivatED challenge. It now stands at 92 percent, one of the highest in the city.

Watch Minaj play principal for a day (hat-tip to Gapers Block):

Superstar Nicki Minaj Surprises Students as "Principal for the Day" at Collins Academy High School in Chicago from Get Schooled on Vimeo.

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