TUPELO • This time last year, Pontotoc native Rachel Shumaker had no idea what would await her as the first-ever Miss Mississippi Volunteer. Now, as she prepares to crown her successor, she reflects on her year-long journey as Mississippi's inaugural winner.

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BROOKE BULLOCK BURLESON is a digital producer for the Daily Journal. Contact her at brooke.burleson@djournal.com.

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