If you don't like the fact that you're not heard among the lesser qualified masses, you need to change. To be a humble role-player is a major qualification for a professional musician. Sometimes you just don't like the guys you're on stage with.
At least in your situation you are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, being the best senior player next year. But don't forget the year after, when you might become a little fish in a big pond again.
My advice to you is to start a small combo as leader or co-leader and be true to yourself. And, of couse, keep practicing. Otherwise, try a Dukoff D8/ Vandoren Java 3 setup, you'll standout then.