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Latonya Hopson (BA’10) graduated Warner University with a degree in Communication Arts and a minor in Marketing. While at Warner, Latonya was involved with many activities. She was the girl’s basketball team fundraising manager, participated on the track team, and was secretary and service coordinator for SGA. “From 2007-2010, I was fortified by the privilege to represent God, serve the student body and grow in faith as a leader,” said Latonya.

Nowadays, Latonya is tackling bigger challenges.  She was selected to represent the Northwest Florida Regional Challenge in the national, semifinal InnovateHER competition. She was among 180 finalists selected out of contestants throughout the entire nation. The InnovateHER is a nationwide prize competition where contestants present a business idea that would bring about a kind of change. The competition highlights businesses, products and services, and entrepreneurs.

The InnovateHER competition is produced by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and their Office of Women’s Business Ownership and Microsoft. The SBA focuses on helping Americans start, build, and grow their businesses.

Latonya was selected for her business, Top Notch Sports and Fitness, which is a faith and fitness based ministry. She is also the part-time girl’s head weightlifting coach, head strength coach, and assistant track and field coach at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville.

Latonya dedicates a lot of her success to Warner University and the Warner faculty members. “I would just like to thank the faculty and staff who went beyond their call of duty and got to know the students,” she said.

One of the faculty members she wanted to thank is Coach Gonzalez. “She was the best coach I ever had. I learned a lot by being a track athlete, and she encouraged me to do more than just track. She elected me as the fundraising and marketing manager for track & field. Those experiences have helped me become the person I am today,” she said.

Latonya could not forget the other Warner members who are also dear to her heart and contributed to her journey, “A special thanks to Ms. Kareen, Rodney and Maggie Dallas, Trevor Hall, and Lottie Sanders. I also thank God for Dr. Rigel, a tremendous leader and man of God.”

Latonya felt a special connection to Warner during her four years here. “I know being at Warner was the place I needed to be,” she said.

Congratulations to Latonya on all her accomplishments and we wish you continued success!