Raised on the tough streets of Miami, Ruben Gayon’s life could have followed a very different path. But he discovered the sport of Taekwondo, eventually competing on the U.S. National Team. Life led him to Canton, where he owned an athletic club.
“After competing as an athlete, I needed to grow as an individual and complete my education.”
In 2001 Gayon started taking classes at Spoon River College, earning his general education credits. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and his doctorate in chiropractic. He now owns a successful sports medicine and chiropractic practice in Canton.
“Going to SRC gave me the opportunity to get where I am. I appreciated the one-on-one with the teachers and the relationships I developed.”
Like many high school students, Anna Bundy was unsure of starting college and what she was going to study. “I went to Spoon River College because I wasn’t sure I was ready to leave home. I liked the smaller classes. It was nice to start off at Spoon.”
She went to SRC on a softball scholarship, got involved in student government, and earned an associate degree in 2002. Bundy then transferred to ISU, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Now an elementary school physical education teacher and coach in Canton, Bundy has even returned to SRC to take courses to earn additional teaching endorsements.