David Gravette of Issaquah skateboarded his way into an MTV contest. The 17-year-old Bellevue Community College student has already faced...

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David Gravette of Issaquah skateboarded his way into an MTV contest.

The 17-year-old Bellevue Community College student has already faced stiff competition to earn his slot in the finals. He was one of three skateboarders selected from a 34-city tour to appear on MTV’s “TRL Total Request Live” tomorrow. The two others are from Phoenix and Hawaii.

The contest is an early promotion for the “Lords of Dogtown” movie, due in theaters Friday.

(Dogtown referred to an area of Venice, Calif., in the 1970s; the original lords were the Z-Boys, or the Zephyr skating team. They surfed in the morning and skateboarded in the afternoon, developing the extreme moves considered top form by serious boarders today.)

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Gravette has been skating for only about six years, but he practices in Seattle and on Eastside streets.

Don’t typecast him as a punk. His long hair is brown — not dyed. Gravette is enrolled in the Running Start program, where bright students can combine high-school and college classes. He has signed with the Santa Fe Board Company in Miami to promote their products. Last year, he placed seventh in the Extremely Board contest in California.

“I’ll be skating twice on Wednesday,” Gravette said. “We have two minutes to skate the park and we’re judged on style, consistency and difficulty.”

The best part of making the MTV finals? It will be held in Las Vegas.

“I’m stoked,” Gravette said. “A free trip to Las Vegas! My dad’s going with me. We’ll stay a couple days on our own and then check in at the Hard Rock Hotel for the contest.”

Seed money

Addison “Addy” Lalier and Courtney Vu saw their dollars at work Thursday.

Last month the two Endeavour Elementary students were featured in this column when the $13.10 they raised at a garage sale turned into more than $1,000 for fish-habitat preservation.

If you recall, their teacher’s fiancé posted a query on a Web site for fishermen, asking others where the money would do the most good. People who read the Web site donated the additional money for Washington Trout, a Duvall-based conservation group.

Last week, Addy and Courtney, and the rest of their third-grade class, participated in a Washington Trout Environmental Discovery Program at a Duvall farm.

That’s where Washington Trout spokeswoman Kristen Durance announced that the girls’ donation had again been supplemented. During Washington Trout’s recent benefit auction, guests were so impressed with the girls’ efforts to preserve fish habitat that more money was donated. As of Thursday, the $13.10 had grown to $10,408.36.

Tip of the week

Remember the story about Linda Hussey losing her day planner off the roof of her car? She had put it on the roof while loading things into her car, forgot about it and drove off. The daytimer disappeared.

Although the Redmond woman searched the route she drove, she was unable to find the book that contained appointments, important telephone numbers and a slew of to-do lists. Shortly after the story was told here, her daytimer was returned.

Seems several readers have had similar accidents. One, who asked not to be identified, e-mailed a solution: “I committed the same sin as Linda — twice,” he said. “When you temporarily place items on your car in order to free your hands, don’t put them on the top of the car where they’re out of your sight when you get in the car. Put them on the hood, directly in front of the driver or lean them against the windshield.”

Since adopting this system, the man hasn’t lost anything.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or sgrindeland@seattletimes.com