- The recognition came as part of the teachers of the year awards for educators at public, private and higher education institutions.The event is sponsored annually by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce during American Education Week.
- A special treat was provided by Winthrop jewelry students who worked with a Rock Hill company, 3D Systems, to design and make an apple award for the teachers.
Winthrop University, "York County Chamber Honors Merry Sleigh as Winthrop's Teacher of the Year" (2012). Winthrop News 2012. 156.