SPARTA — Seventh-grader Max Mazzatta of Sandyston was crowned Hilltop Country Day School champion during the 30th annual National Geo Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society on January 24.Max, joined by classmates Benjamin Janiszewski '21, Ryan Arapkiles '21, Robin Guarda '20, Evan Coletta '20, Camryn Giessuebel '19, Amalia Scripsick '18 and Lindsey White '18, answered challenging questions, naming rivers, cities, and countries throughout the world. Max correctly answered " Bering Sea" after a three-round tie-breaker challenge with eighth-grader Lindsey White. Max will advance to the next level, a qualifying test to determine state winners. If Max is one of the 100 top scorers in the state test, he will go on to represent Hilltop at the state level in April, edging closer to the National competition and the possibility of a $50,000 college scholarship.Hilltop Country Day School is a coeducational private school for preschoolers ages 2.5 through eighth grade. Hilltop's S.T.E.A.M.-center curriculum is project-based and is individualized to the needs of each student. For more information, please visit www.hilltopcds.org or call 973-729-5485.