Taya Jones is a freshman at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, and a business major. She’s putting her money where her passion is, running her own business — Greenlee Candle Co.
A super bright, driven 20-year-old native of Prophetstown, Ill., Jones graduated high school at 17, and wanted to get out of her hometown, after her parents divorced.
“I kind of just wanted to do my own thing, so I pushed myself to graduate a year early from high school,” Jones said Friday of P-town, noting she also earned Sauk Valley College credits. “I packed my car up and moved to Florida. I wanted to be somewhere warm, and Illinois wasn’t that, somewhere interesting. I wanted something different.”
She moved to Orlando for a couple years, to attend Advent Health University, a small private school. When COVID happened, Jones moved to Missouri, Kansas and Chicago (and the first night she lived there, she got robbed).