Touchdown! Third Grader Bryce Purnell’s Recipe Won Him Lunch at Ravens Stadium

Bryce Purnell, a third grade student at Davidsonville Elementary, won the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association’s ‘Fuel up to Play 60′ Super Bowl Oatmeal Challenge’ in the Baltimore Ravens market.

Bryce Purnell with P.E. teacher Erin Madden.

As the winner, Bryce will attend the Ravens Play 60 Luncheon at M &T Bank Stadium with Davidsonville students Charlotte Epstein-O’Rourke and William Gunhus, who also submitted recipes.

The Super Bowl Oatmeal Challenge is a component of the Fuel up to Play 60 program, a  national initiative created by the NFL and the National Dairy Council to help address childhood obesity. Fuel up to Play 60 is currently in 73,000 schools  including Davidsonville Elementary.

Bryce submitted his Oatmeal with Apples and Vanilla recipe after learning about the contest from physical education teacher Erin Madden.

His mother, Kelly Purnell, said Bryce came home excited about the challenge with the hopes of winning the ultimate prize—a trip to the Super Bowl XVLII on February 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Purnell said her family eats a lot of oatmeal and had fun coming up with different recipes. The contest guidelines required that the ingredients in submitted recipes include oatmeal and milk or yogurt. It also needed to be healthy and kid-friendly. The Purnells followed the contest guidelines and came up with a recipe that passed the taste test for Bryce and his three brothers.

In all, six different recipes were tested. Bryce had the final say as to which recipe would be submitted.

Here are the ingredients in Bryce Purnell’s winning recipe:

  • Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Vanilla extract
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup

“I tasted a lot of different recipes,”Bryce said. “My mom helped me think of some things. We tried vanilla extract, almond extract, orange extract. We put raisins in, but I thought vanilla was the best.”

Fuel up to Play 60 coordinator Sharon Piano added, “Bryce’s recipe is not only a delicious and healthy option for kids, but for adults as well.”

Bryce’s recipe beat out entries from New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the DC-metro area.

Bryce is excited about having lunch with his friends at Ravens stadium. “It’s going to be a lot of fun even though the Ravens are my third favorite team.”

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to or call me at 301-906-4767.

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