There's a popular cliché that says ignorance is bliss. If I only ever saw other schools in this county, I would love Allegany. A select group of the teachers are excellent. A small number of extracurricular activities that I am interested -mock trial for example - are also quite excellent. These are the things that have made my time at Allegany bearable, and on the whole, beneficial. However, I am not the prototypical AHS student, neither was William H Macy or Aaron Lafey. Allegany is simply the best school in an extremely economically depressed and culturally backward region. When I look out at the resources that other schools have as indicated by the facilities they possess and the even the food they serve, then I look in to AHS and see the terrible attitude and low effort of most of the students here, I understand why we are not the best overall. However, this does not excuse the terrible state of many aspects of the Allegany experience. the problem is a positive feedback loop: we have very little resources, so the students get depressed and don't try as hard, when state funders see how poorly we do, they withhold resources, the problem intensifies. Part if the problem could also have to do with the fact that Montgomery, Baltimore, and Prince Georges county of Maryland have a chokehold on the entire state politically, and they refuse to send any kind of tax money back to rural western Maryland.