Patrick William Corona and Josh Roberts, both from Fairfield, are among a dozen area high school students nominated recently by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, to attend one of the nation's military academies this fall.

Corona plans to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., while Roberts will go to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

They were honored at a dinner at the Westport VFW attended by their peers, families and local veterans, according to a news release from Himes' office.

Himes chose nominees based on recommendations from his Academy Nomination Panel, comprised of former academy graduates, community leaders and former and current members of the U.S. Armed Services.