35M, 3.54 cGPA, 3.36 sGPA

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MCAT - 35M (12P, 11V, 12B)
cGPA - 3.54
sGPA - 3.36

2+ years hospital volunteering (with regular patient interaction)
2+ years research experience
Co-authored a paper submitted for publication
OK extracurriculars
Good LORs (so I've been told)
Minimal shadowing so far, but I've got a few shadowing opportunities lined up for the summer and plan on sending an update letter at the end of July or beginning of August.

As a Georgia resident, what are my chances at the following schools:
Duke (my "miracle" school)
Vanderbilt (also a "miracle" school)
UNC - Chapel Hill
U of South Carolina
MU South Carolina
U of Alabama
Mercer (my "safety" school)

Is this a good spread of schools to apply to with my profile? Any other schools I should strongly consider?

Also: I'm concerned about the "M" in my MCAT score. I'm usually a very strong writer (which I think comes across in my PS), so I'm very confused about this low score. I know the writing sample score doesn't matter too much, but could this hurt me? Or will my PS make up for it?

Lots of questions, I know, but I'd appreciate the help! :)

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