A Bethpage High School senior has taken his philosophy skills to the international stage as one of two students representing the United States in the 22nd International Philosophy Olympiad.

Daniel Gottlieb, 18, traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania, to vie against students from 40 other countries in the competition, held May 15-18. Participants had to write an essay on one of four topics within four hours.

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This is the second consecutive year a Bethpage pupil has been selected to represent the United States in the competition. Last year, senior Chang Jeong went to the Olympiad competition, held in Denmark.

"Representing a county or state is one thing -- but representing a country is another," Gottlieb said. "This is by far my biggest accomplishment."

To be considered for selection, Gottlieb submitted two essays to Olympiad officials -- one about why philosophy is valuable in the classroom, and another about "the value of truth," he said. Students had to write essays in a language other than their native language, choosing from English, Spanish, French and German. Gottlieb wrote in French.

Gottlieb's other involvements include being president of his school's Philosophy Club, captain of the swim team, and a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society.

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The other U.S. representative was Elizabeth Mordkovich from New Jersey.